Cement & Clay
Cement and Clay Tiles: Which Will You Choose?
While many things can be said about the beauty of both tiles, there are some differences to look at when choosing these tiles. Cement tiles are handmade, decorative, colorful tiles used primarily as floor coverings. Floors or walls covered with these tiles are noted for their multi-color patterns, durability and sophisticated look. The tiles' colorful patterns, durability and versatility have been attracting the attention of architects and designers for large commercial projects such as restaurants and hotels for years. Concrete roof tiles are a durable water-shedding material that most often last the lifetime of a building. Private homebuilders and "do it yourself" home improvement consumers have driven a growing segment of the cement tile market.
Meanwhile the beautiful color of a clay tile is not affected by exposure to the elements; the same cannot be said of concrete tiles. Well-made clay tiles from Imperial Tile and Stone will last between an estimated range of 30 to 50 years. Clay tile surfaces can be textured or smooth, and tile edges can be uniform or ragged. Architects may select tiles of all one color, blended colors, or combinations of two or more shades placed in a uniform or random pattern. Concrete tiles are less expensive upon initial purchase than their clay counterparts, but the added longevity of clay tiles helps add value to a home and make them a solid investment