Cement Tile. Carrara Tile – The never aging trend.

Atlas Black used on the front of this Countertop. Stunning (our marble 4×12″ Venato for $8.00 a Square Foot along with Arabesque picture frame used as a border). Stunning Kitchen posted to our IG feed (take a look to see questions).

If you are an avid follower of design trends, or frequently spend your time on Pinterest or Instagram looking for the hot and charming trends, then it is safe to say that you might have come across some beautiful looking patterned tiles now and then. From kitchen floors to bathrooms and laundry rooms, these patterned tiles offer an appealing outlook to any floor.

Several of the patterned tile you’ve set eyes online and social media is Encaustic Cement Tile. It perfectly encapsulates the essence of a vintage tile. This tile like other Handmade Cement Tile has been making waves in Europe for quite some time now, but only just gained prominence and popularity in the US only in the last couple of years. What makes it an attractive Cement Tile is its alluring matte finish and the smooth, silky feel of its body.

We can rave about the amazing qualities of Encaustic Cement Tile all day and not be tired, and indeed it’s an integral part of The Builder Depot line up of products their Cement Tile collection. The Builder Depot is the only Google Trusted Store and the highest ranking store in the Tile and Stone Industry as a whole not just in the Cement Tile Industry

As well as the only company that ships from its own warehouse which it owns, giving us complete control over QC checks prior to it being loading onto the truck.The competition well…. They are all 3PL a 3rd Party ships their orders at a high price (that is a person simply scanning an order and putting a box on a pallet, no checking, fast as possible, then move onto other orders in the Air Conditioning section) 3PL’s stock multiple product types.

The Competition tries to sneak around their higher cost structure by selling online as cost per piece for example $6.95 is all the customer will see. But to get to the square foot price you have to multiply that by 2.25.

An example of pricing per piece (FYI. The only flooring product that is sold by the piece). $6.95 x 2.25 = $15.64 per Square Foot. So you do have to watch this tricky maneuver, to make you buy before you think. Whereas we are $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping to boot.

The Builder Depot works on massive economies of scale, a no debt business, pays cash upfront for the product (which ensures the highest quality – no one wants to loose a cash paying account). Along with a no frills marketing strategy, that keeps our costs down, along with no fixed costs. Instead of keeping this extra margin, we pass it onto the consumer. Pricing in 2019 for our Handmade Encaustic Cement Tile (made with the highest grade of Cement; Portland cement) is $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping.

The competition does not have (and this is to warn not poke holes)

  • Their own a warehouse
  • Have a review policy (We are the only Google Trusted Store in this industry)
  • An address shown on their website, very few. (as it is operated out of their home, nothing wrong with that but at least get a mailbox).
  • No return policy (read their policy if you can find it in the lines and lines of waffle).
  • Why you might ask? So they can collapse overnight and you cannot come after them for the sub-par Cement Tile they sold you. They have no assets. They will simply hide behind their LLC and you cannot take their 3PL that is not theirs. The inventory will be gone before you can say “But Lawsuit…..”

However: This well-designed Handmade Cement Tile still has a couple of drawbacks on its own. So let’s discuss those.

It is very similar to marble. As a Cement Tile, it  can stain if acidic liquids like wine are just left to sit. It is handmade and can be more susceptible to wear than any other tile (depending on the quality you purchased, from a small company with no history he will be buying the cheapest tile possible. Shipping from a 3PL (3rd Party Location and close up shop and hide behind his LLC as everyone is left with terrible tile, company has no assets, that is why they are all 3PL shippers).

It needs to be re-sealed as required better sealer quality less often. It does share very close similarities with marble. But some of these drawbacks could be a blessing in disguise. These “imperfections” are what makes the Encaustic Cement Tile perfect, and you know what, because the color and pattern of the tile are usually bold, when they wear or fade, their beauty will even come out the more. So, like fine wine, the Encaustic Cement Tile gets better with age.

Prices subject to change at anytime. The website has the most up to date pricing but we try and keep some stability. Ordering a sample for example. That locks your price in for 30 days from when you ordered the sample gives you time to decide without the rush. (Sorry lawyers want this caveat added to anything with pricing).

Incredible white Carrara Venato bathroom and love the Brass Fixtures

Venato Picture 2018

What else can I say or feel other than Wow! This is Carrara Venato as White as Calacatta for a fraction of the cost. Add Brass Fixtures and you have a Five Star penthouse Bathroom (probably better).

Here the customer has used the following products and at 2018 this was the price:

6×12″ Subway Tile Honed on the wall $8.00 a Square Foot

1×3″ Herringbone Honed on the shower pan floor (creates better grip): $12.95 a Square Foot.

4×12″ Subway Tile directly after the Subway Tile: $8.50 a Square Foot.

Bullnose down the edge near the door to finish the gap with a beveled edge $9.95 Each

Very simple just four SKU’s. If I was a betting man, on the other side is most likely a double niche and the background of the niche is 1×3″ Herringbone to co-ordinate nicely. This product was not just laid box to box, some tiles were removed, tiles were dry laid before installing. The perfect look was planned just like on HGTV, it did not just happen this was a professional installation.

 

Cement Tile Atlas Gray Mudroom. Looking good!

Atlas Gray Mud Room

Wonderful looking Mudroom with Cement Tile.

Atlas Gray $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping. No pricing confusion created by pricing products as 8×8″ pieces to show a lower price. No clickbait as others use by trying to show a lower price using single tile pricing for example $6.95. From this point you then have to multiply that number by 2.25 to get the true cost per square foot of an 8×8″ tile (at $6.95 a tile that is $6.95 x 2.25 = $15.64 a Square Foot then you have shipping added onto that).

The Builder Depot offers just up-front square foot pricing on Cement Tile including shipping. Keeping it simple.

Atlas Gray

Here is the product on the website. You can click here to go directly to the Atlas Gray or here to go to the Cement Tile page with other options.

 

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change this blog offers a snapshot in time. For example above is a screenshot of the website from November 5th 2018. This blog will still be active a decade later but inflation, cost of fuel, raw materials and a host of other economic reasons may have increased the cost if you are reading this post years later. Please see website page for the most recent price.

A new Circulos Gray Added to the Collection!

Cement Tile Circulous Gray

Keeping it a little more subtle we added this fab look to our collection for the Fall of 2018 (though it is still 90F here so not really Fall). It is Circulous Gray. Nice looking Gray on a beautiful white base.

Same price as our other Encaustic Cement Tiles 8×8″ tiles: $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping (until 2018 – hopefully we can push beyond that date with low prices, but we are in a time of some economic uncertainty – globally that is).

Anyway the marketing people like a date, just in case someone comes back 200 years later after seeing this post and demands for $10.95 a Square Foot which would probably be inflation linked about $0.10 a Square Foot 🙂

All that economics waffle aside it is a pretty looking tile Cement Tile which can be found: here.

Circulos Black and White Cement Tiles

Circulous Black

Circulos Black available online from The Builder Depot $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping (for 2018 – maybe longer). Online here with more Cement Tile options here.

Cement Tiles

Circulos WhiteCirculos White Cement Tile $10.95 Square Foot and Free Shipping online here (for 2018 maybe longer but accounting has us put a time limit on Free Shipping and sale prices).

 

Amazing Carrara Venato 4×12″ Polished Backsplash

 

Carrara Venato polished Backsplash

The product used in this backsplash is our exclusive Carrara Venato 4×12″ polished for $8.00 a Square Foot (also available in honed), and honed also makes a stunning backsplash as well. Pictured here.

But to get a better understanding of this absolutely stunning (and yes wow!) kitchen you need to take a look at Heather’s website here.

Carrara Venato Backsplash

The Carrara Venato collection if correctly installed, by taking your time and ensuring the veining is well spread out with the mix of blank tiles can create a white backsplash that has no comparison. It is as white as printer paper.

Venato-Polished-Backsplash

While just one product is used here the Carrara Venato Collection consists of over sixty products which we match before shipping. We can send pictures before shipping. We do not use a third party warehouse like 90% of everyone else in the industry. We stock our own inventory so we control exactly what is shipped.

That is the only way we can see to be the highest ranked Google Trusted Store in the USA with 4.9 Stars out of 5 Stars. Which can be read here.

Handmade Encaustic Cement Tile. Atlas Tiles.

Atlas BlackAtlas Black arrived (with his friend Atlas Gray and a new color Atlas Sage). Currently $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping.

Cement Tiles or Concrete Tiles are popular there is no escaping that fact from Property Brothers to other sightings on other HGTV and DIY network shows Cement Tile is proving to be the darling bold look of the 2020’s. Or the end of the 2010’s. It is going to be that look that we look back on and think that just looks good, brighten up a laundry room floor, add to a bathroom or really anywhere, the traction on the surface of this Encaustic Cement Tile is a huge plus.

Even if you just use it in a shower pan the anti-slip surface is impressive. It is afterall concrete. But Handmade and with incredible endless looks. Some are clearly more popular than others and this black and white look is a bold look a great pattern but not “overwhelming” it is a step into the bold but not into the crazy.

Atlas Black Cement TileAtlas Black on a Pallet in the warehouse (no Photography trickery, just as it arrives).

Sage Cement TileSage Cement Tile. A new color to the Atlas range.