We adopt: cement tiles in the bathroom

We adopt: cement tiles in the bathroom

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It's time to bring a touch of freshness and novelty to your interior: have you finally decided to redecorate your bathroom and are you thinking about laying cement tiles? Normal, everyone loves the favorite material of the moment! Colorful with its geometric patterns, easy to maintain, good alternative to classic tiles, trendy with its matt concrete effect: the cement tile is of all decor ideas. However, do you have lots of questions before you get started? Logical! Here are all our tips for adopting cement tiles in the bathroom, without snags and unpleasant surprises!
  1. Choosing the right cement tiles
  2. Where to put your cement tiles in the bathroom?
  3. The basics for installing cement tiles
  4. Laying cement tiles: a practical guide
  5. Alternatives to cement tiles

1. Choose the right cement tiles

To start, you must first make the right choices. The cement tiles exist in different formats, dimensions and patterns. On the design side, make sure that these reasons and these colors will not overload and darken your room, especially if you have a small bathroom. Side quality, choose tiles containing a high amount of cement, and quite thick. This material is indeed quite fragile. The larger and thinner the tiles, the less resistant they will be. Assume that solid cement tiles will have a minimum thickness of 12 mm for the walls and 16 mm for the floor covering. Also remember to check that the cement tiles you have chosen are properly treated with wax . We are talking about a porous, uncooked material. In your bathroom, and even more in your shower, it will be exposed daily to humidity and water splashes, which it will have to resist. Finally, keep the prices in mind. The price per square meter of cement tiles is around 100 euros including tax, for two colors. The price increases with the number of colors! Depending on the surface to be covered, the budget can therefore be substantial! Especially since once the number of tiles is estimated, it is better to plan a few more, in case there is breakage!

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2. Where to put your cement tiles in the bathroom?

You will have noticed, the decor ideas with cement tiles are everywhere ! Still, it should not be abused. If certain spaces lend themselves to the total look, be careful all the same that the patterns and the nuances remain clear. Especially if you have decided to cover all your walls. On the walls precisely, we will prefer to opt for a credenza spirit and install the fresco style tiles, in addition to a tile or a plain paint. Practical, cement tiles can also give a boost to your bathroom by replacing the tiles in the shower or around your bathtub. Be careful however: they do not mix well with very limestone waters, which are found towards Avignon or Paris. At ground , cement tiles offer a multitude of possibilities. The first is to install it on the entire surface. The second, more subtle, is to create a Optical illusion effect . In the middle of a plain tile, have fun inserting several cement tiles. Their patterns joined together like a mosaic will bring a shower mat effect to the whole.

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3. Basics for laying cement tiles

That's it, you are convinced that the cement tiles will find their place in your bathroom! You have chosen the patterns and colors, have estimated the number of square meters to cover and the quantity of tiles you need and are ready to start the work! All you have to do is get started. To begin, place the tiles in the room to view the whole. Draw lines from the corners to the center of the room. This will ensure that everything is straight and centered. To succeed in your installation, do not neglect the surface to be covered either. It must be regular, flat, dry and cleaned. If the cement tiles can be laid on an old tile or a cement screed, they should never be applied to parquet! Considered as "living" soil, which can expand or retract, it would blow your tiles over time! However, you can always associate parquet and cement tiles to delimit your space, in particular for a bathroom open to the bedroom. The concrete effect associated with wood will give a very trendy bi-material rendering. If you decide to play with these two materials, provide a 4 to 5 mm expansion joint between the two. In any case, between each cement tile, leave a space of 2 mm in order to lay the seals .

4. Laying cement tiles: practical guide

Concretely, the cement tiles are laid in many stages simple, but to be observed meticulously. * Apply the mortar both on the surface to be covered and on each tile, in layers of about 4 mm. Use a wide tooth comb. * Position each tile by hand, delicately. Remember to leave a space of 2 mm between each, for the joints. Do not leave too large a place: it could destroy the final geometric patterns provided by the assembly of the tiles. * When everything is dry, wash it off with plenty of water. * Insert the joint at each gap between the tiles. Clean the surplus directly with a damp cloth. About ten days after laying, remember to treat your tiles against humidity with a "mouth-pore" wax, a real protective and waterproofing layer. Thereafter, the cement tiles will be easy to maintain. Daily, use a damp mop or soaked in a mixture of water and black soap. From time to time, nourish your soil with a wax in order to revive the colors and put back a protective layer against passage and wear. In any case, never use chlorine or acid detergent, which will damage all your tiles!

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5. Alternatives to cement tiles

If your wallet prevents you from choosing cement tiles as a floor covering, there areother materials , inspired by the originals, less expensive. Because since the arrival of the cement tile in Paris in the 1860s, many techniques have emerged! The cement tile owes its high price to its manufacture, traditionally by hand . It consists in making a paste from white cement, water, white marble powder, sand and colored pigments. This paste is then poured into compartmentalized molds according to the patterns imagined upstream. Once compressed using hydraulic presses, it dries for several weeks. The cement tiles thus see the light of day, without any firing, and tinted in the mass. This allows their colors not to disappear with repeated passages. Today, the cement tile effect tile is one of the most popular alternatives. It is just as easy to care for, and exists in many patterns and effects (mat, satin or textured). It will take between 20 and 40 euros per square meter, approximately. The vinyl floor , in PVC, also reproduces the geometric patterns. Good thermal and phonic insulator, it is also easy to maintain, using a broom and a mop. It is very resistant and can be chosen with antibacterial, anti-mold, non-slip treatments. Sold in flexible rollers , it is simple to install and is fixed with a double-sided adhesive or a suitable glue. Prices vary between 5 and 30 euros per square meter.