Homemade Cement Tile
Villa Lagoon’s handmade encaustic cement tiles
- Manufactured by Villa Lagoon Tile
- Costs between $12 and $20 per sq. ft.
Villa Lagoon’s handmade encaustic cement tiles show surface imperfections, chipped edges, and color variations, and they’re softer than either ceramic or porcelain tiles fired in a kiln. In company owner Lundy Wilder’s view, that helps to make them unique works of art that can’t be matched by factory-made ceramic tiles.
The tiles have a color layer made from ground marble dust, portland cement, and earth pigments—which is bonded to a cement-and-sand substrate using pressure. Tiles are available in stock and custom patterns (VillaLagoonTile.com). Thicknesses range from 5/8-in. to about 3/4-in., sizes are from 4-in. to 12-in., and pricing is between $12 and $20 per sq. ft. They weigh about twice as much as standard porcelain tiles (one 8-in. tile weighs about 3 lb.), and the manufacturer recommends that they be sealed after installation. When properly installed and sealed, tiles are frostproof, the company says.