The fact is that concrete tiling has not been very popular in homes over the course of the last few decades. Although concrete tiles constituted something of a hit when then first came out in the early years of the twentieth century, they lost some popularity to ceramic tiling from the 1960s. However, many interior designers are returning to them these days, especially in kitchens where they make a very practical choice. If you are designing a new kitchen or remodelling your existing one, why might you opt for concrete tiles now that it is making such a comeback?
Great Colour Choices
Although you may well think that concrete tiling is only available in a monotone grey, this is far from the truth. Modern concrete tiles are able to be made to order with just about any pattern you could imagine with a number of different tones used throughout. If you see a tile you like in a picture, then all you need to do is to show it to the tile maker who will probably be able to make a high-quality set of facsimiles for you. Concrete tiling is particularly effective when used to create geometric and tessellating patterns, the very thing for a superb, modern-looking kitchen.
Few materials are as durable as concrete. Bear in mind that concrete has been used in the construction industry for centuries – indeed, some of the best-known Roman architecture around the Mediterranean Sea used this material. What this means is, whether you use concrete to tile your kitchen floor or wall, that it will last a long time. Concrete is a heavier and sturdier material than ceramics which don't offer anywhere near the same level of durability. This sort of tiling can easily crack if it is knocked into with any degree of force. Once you have put up tiles that are made from concrete, you can virtually forget about them in terms of maintenance and upkeep.
All kitchen surfaces need to be resistant to water whether it is from splashes or airborne moisture. Concrete is perfectly suited to this sort of environment and will work well around splashback areas close to the kitchen sink, for example. The one thing to bear in mind about tiles made from this material is that they will be porous and wick away water unless they are treated in some way. This usually means a once-over with a sealant shortly after they are fitted, something which helps to keep them looking good and which only takes a few minutes.