Cement Tile Makes a Comeback
If there’s one design trend that’s been taking centre stage on Pinterest lately, it’s cement tile. What first appeared in Spain in the 1850s as a budget-friendly alternative to the pricey handmade ceramic tiles of the time has recently made a comeback.
These handmade and often large tiles come in a variety of designs, from traditional Spanish and Moroccan themes to more simple modern art deco patterns. And perhaps the appeal lies in their originality; no two are exactly alike. While this may be appealing, it certainly proves a challenge when it comes to installation. Unlike their glazed ceramic counterparts, cement tiles are not fired and therefore remain unglazed and porous. This means that a special seal is required when water is likely to come into contact with the tiles.
Challenges aside, one look at the entryway of this recent renovation and it’s easy to see why cement tile won out. This massive project required an immense collaboration between the homeowners and Shannon Forrester from Floor Coverings International, as well as the team at Clear Space Designs and various other trades.
With the homeowners coordinating the renovation from Calgary, communication and attention to detail was key. Shannon was often tasked with sourcing the materials from pictures, and Floor Coverings International prides itself on this one-on-one personalized service. Shannon and team were there for every step of the process, from sourcing the Divine hardwood to doing the prep for the underfloor heating in the bathrooms and entryways to the arduous task of tiling the kitchen and bathroom backsplashes — not to mention the gorgeous geometric cement tile surrounding the downstairs fireplace. Shannon chuckles as she recalls how the Scott the installer spent a day laying out the tile on the floor first to make sure that the intricate lines matched up, much like the building of a puzzle.
When it came to tiling the laundry room, it was decided that cement tile was simply too impractical, tasking Shannon with finding a similar design in rolled vinyl. Not only is linoleum great for spaces prone to water contact, but it is also a lot friendlier on the budget. The remainder of the home consists of beautiful Divine 7inch oil-rubbed hardwood. And the best part is that oil-rubbed hardwood is much easier to maintain because scratches can simply be buffed and re-oiled. After such a large renovation, it’s no wonder these homeowners enlisted Shannon to find the very best long-lasting products for their forever home.
What our clients are saying:
“We love our new flooring/tile and are grateful for the incredible service Shannon and her team provided to us! Working on our home out of province should have been a logistical nightmare, but instead it was quick (once I could make up my mind!) and fun putting together different pieces together and dreaming up what our home could look like. I would recommend Floor Coverings International for anybody wanting a seamless, informative and creative experience with lots of beautiful samples and brands to choose from. Thank you, Shannon and team!” — Carly Phenix, homeowner
Shannon Forrester, owner
Floor Coverings International Regina
1427 Scarth Street
Writing & Photos by Taryn Snell, Picturesk Media