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Meet Our Team
the Spanish tile experts
She's the master of getting stuff counted, shipped, and delivered on time. We rely on Martha to keep everyone organized. You may have encountered her in our online chat. Martha's game is in the details.
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She's known for brainstorming areas for improvements, is our brand ambassador, manages the boss, & cleans the toilets at times. Count on Melanie for a warm hug during a (tile or stone) crisis.
This man can fix anything! We rely on Ray for that skillset. He's our ops guy & Mexico guru. He's surrounded by women & copes with our mood swings. With a few of those swings himself, we love him.
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These are the real heroes in our biz. They pack a LOT of tile! Every piece is inspected for quality. These guys are the heavy lifters ensuring you have a successful delivery! Plus, they sneak in freebies!
These are the hundreds of men & women producing tile & stone that will outlast lifetimes. This is the heartbeat of our business. They pass down a generations-old craft which contributes to rustic, iconic architecture.
We are the Mexican
Tile & Stone Experts
We’ve been in the biz for over 16 years and we’ve seen a lot of floors, walls, outdoor patios, & more – good ones & bad ones. Our craftsmen in Mexico have been hand-crafting Mexican tiles for generations.
Not sure what you need yet? We’re here to help! We know how to set you up with affordable, low-maintenance Mexican tile and stone.
What is handmade Cement tile?
and how it's made
Cement tiles from Rustico Tile are created with three layers that are visibly seen in a cross-section view of the tile.
The First Layer: The wear layer, also called the concrete tile face, is a mixture of highly resistant Portland white cement, powdered white marble, and natural pigments. Wear resistance, color and brightness rely on the quality of this layer. The finished encaustic tile has a natural finish surface and these hand-crafted floor tiles can be sealed or polished.
The Second Layer: This is a mortar made of fine sand and high-quality Portland cement. For tile manufacturing, this mortar is applied as a base and reinforces the first layer. It provides the ability to withstand compression loads.
The Third Layer: This final layer is a porous mixture with the required thickness for impact strength before and after installation.
A good-quality concrete tile should be compact and waterproof. The tiles are made using mixtures rich in quality cement and hydraulically pressed. A thorough curing process is also implemented to fortify the cement floor tile.
Rustico Tile and Stone cement tiles can be used in residential and commercial applications including, but not limited to: hand-crafted tile flooring, wall tile, stair tile, backsplash tile, ceiling tile, on countertops, as swimming pool tile and pool decking tile, and as fountain tile. They can be used indoors and outdoors. Cement tiles lend themselves to architectural styles such as Spanish colonial, Santa Fe, Moorish, Minimalist, Contemporary, Rustic, and the Mediterranean.
How is Cement Tile made?
Colors are first prepared according to the customer’s order specifications. Each encaustic tile is made individually, and slight color variations can occur. This is an inherent characteristic in cement tiles, as it is made with natural materials.
The divider is set into the mold. This is what will separate the colors to create the surface of the concrete tile. Each color is poured into its specific section of the divider. Once each color section is filled, the divider is removed and a mixture of fine sand and Portland cement is applied. This is the second layer and is used as a drier and to reinforce the first layer of the cement tile.
Next, a porous mixture made of sand and Portland cement is applied. This is the third layer. The hand-crafted cement tiles are hydraulically pressed to give the encaustic tiles their hardness. Some cement tiles sold by other companies may just be hand-pressed, which results in a much weaker strength tile.
Finally, the cement tiles are cured in submersed water for a 24-hour period. This finishes the hardening process. Once completed, the floor tiles are moved to a solarium to dry for another 24 hours.
After each piece is individually inspected for quality, the tiles are packaged and shipped in pallets. Recommended overage for waste, cuts, and borders is 15%.
Did you know?
- Cement tiles are 100% handcrafted by talented artisans in Mexico.
- Cement tiles are “green!” They are not a pollutant, because they are made with 100% natural materials, including pigments.
- Cement tiles are not flammable and are 100% recyclable.
- We manufacture in any design, shape, or color. Our website just illustrates the most commonly sought-after designs.
- Quality control is conducted on a piece-by-piece basis, not on a lot production.
NOTE: This is a hand-made, rustic cement tile. With cement tile of this nature, there will be color and texture variations from piece to piece. Color shading can vary even on a single tile. Chips or texture variations may exist. This is normal and not considered a defect for handmade tiles. It is advised to order all cement tiles needed for a project. Subsequent orders can come in with shade variations. Samples of colors ordered can vary from actual shading or product received in a final order placed. The average lead time for most cement tile orders is approximately 4-8 weeks. Please inquire about current lead times prior to ordering.
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