Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DURABLE IS CONCRETE TILE?
Our tile is functionally very durable but is susceptible to scratching and scuffing. As a rule, hard materials that are sharp/coarse can damage tile surfaces. We recommend using felt glides on the bottom of furniture legs and protecting tiles when installing appliances or other large furnishings. For general foot traffic, the tile will tend to self-buff and get more polished with wear.
CAN I USE CONCRETE TILE OUTSIDE?
Yes. Our tile is naturally freeze/thaw resistant and will function well outside. However, it must be set in the same fashion as for indoor applications (it cannot be placed like a paver). Further, it will age more rapidly when exposed to the elements, and colour will tend to lighten over time. Outdoors, concrete will naturally 'age well' and become more slip resistant as it wears. When considering this tile for an outdoor application, it should be noted that the tile will change in appearance with time.
HOW DO YOU INSTALL CONCRETE TILE?
Concrete tile is similar to other natural materials to install. No special tools or materials are required. However, it is important to familiarize oneself to the material and its unique properties prior to any installation.
HOW DO YOU CUT CONCRETE TILE?
Concrete must be cut using a diamond-bladed circular saw. There are a variety of these available for sale or rental. Although blades designed for concrete are optimal, continuous rim blades give you the cleanest cut. Rail, panel, or tile saws are better because they control spalling or chipping.
CAN I USE CONCRETE TILE WITH RADIANT HEAT?
Yes. Concrete tile can be used with radiant heat or in-floor heating without issue. However, during installation, heating should be turned off or kept at no more than 15 degrees Celsius (59F). It is best to leave radiant heat off/low for at least five days after installation of tile to prevent rapid drying and weakening of thinset and grout.
IS YOUR CONCRETE TILE PRONE TO CRACKING?
No. Concrete tile will not spontaneously crack on its own. It is only as strong as the substrate upon which it is set. A new or unstable subfloor can cause cracks in the tile. Wherever subflooring is suspect, we recommend the use of an anti-fracture membrane.
IS IT SLIPPERY WHEN WET?
No. Although our concrete is very smooth and silky to the touch, it is not slippery when wet. This is due to the natural 'tooth' of concrete as a microscopic level. Also, because the concrete is porous, water tends not to 'sit' on its surface and cause a skating action. (Caution- Use of industrial/ commercial floor waxes will cause the tile to become slippery. Also, if outdoors, excessive moss or mildew growth may create a slippery surface.)