Encaustic Tiles: The Pros and Cons You Should Know

Encaustic Tiles

Encaustic tiles have seen various resurgences over the years, first coming of use back in medieval times, originally made by using different colours of clay to form the patterns, rather than them being a product of the glaze. Many modern manufacturing methods of encaustic tiles use a two-shot moulding process, where the inlay colour is moulded first and then backfilled with body colour before the tiles are fired.

The second era that saw encaustic tiles rise to dominance as a design feature was the Victorian and Gothic Revival era. But today we are again seeing a resurgence in the use of encaustic tiles within home design as we enjoy a period of revivalism.

Throughout the rest of this post, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons you should consider when identifying if encaustic tiles are the right choice for your next home decorating project.

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One of the great strengths of encaustic tiles is their resilience. Many of the tiles crafted and fitted in the Medieval and Victorian eras can still be found in fantastic conditions within churches and homes, proving the resilience of these hardwearing tiles. Due to this fantastic resilience, it is common to find encaustic tiles used for both floors, walls and splashbacks, in the bathroom and kitchens, helping to protect your home from spills. Also compared to simple glazed tiles, which if chipped will show the body colour underneath, encaustic tiles will have a depth of colour so even if chipped the surface colour will continue to show.

Though praised for their hardwearing and resilience, encaustic cement tiles are susceptible to damage from acids causing staining and etching, which needs to be considered carefully if you plan to use them in the bathroom where possible spills of certain products such a bleach and hair dying materials are common. That being said if the tiles are correctly fitted and sealed then the chances of damage from such spills is massively decreased.

Speaking about fitting and sealing, one of the biggest challenges to using encaustic tiles in your home is finding the right contractor to complete the installation of your tiles correctly so that you don’t experience any negative results. But finding a contractor who has the skill set to do this can be rather tricky. However here at Otto Tiles & Design, with our vast wealth of knowledge of both the craftmanship of these tiles and their uses we can provide your contractor with tailored instructions on the correct methods of sealing for your chosen tiles, and if you need it, we can help put you in touch with one of our certified contractors.

Due to the handcrafted process we use here at Otto Tiles & Design our encaustic tiles are emblazoned with beautiful designs, making them a great addition to any home. Because of the diverse range of designs and patterns you can create using encaustic tiles, they are also often used in restaurants and shops. So, whether you are looking to create a classic Victorian feeling, or a Mediterranean vibe inspired by the Venetian, Moroccan or Turkish Master Tilers encaustic tiles provide an amazing solution to decorating your space. And with our hand made process, if you have a specific design in mind, we can custom craft your tiles to the exact design specifications you have.

As mentioned above another fantastic thing about encaustic tiles is that because of their beautifully crafted designs and hardwearing properties, they are perfect for use anywhere you can think of. In the home they are most commonly used in the bathroom or kitchen, as flooring or on the walls, helping to provide texture and light to the room while also acting as a protective layer for the surfaces below from water and food spills. And in shops, cafes and restaurants, they are again used two-fold, as both focal points of architecture and protection be it as flooring, providing protection against large amounts of foot traffic or within open viewed kitchen spaces protecting the walls from both heat and spills. On our project page you can find a number images of both homes and commercial properties where our encaustic tiles have been used to amazing effect.

So, there you have it several pros and a couple cons that you should consider when investigating if encaustic tiles are a good fit for your property. You can browse our full collection of encaustic tiles here which include beautiful geometric designs, a rising design trend for 2018, or our range of minimalist inspired designs, and if you’d like to find out more about our hand crafting process or speak with on of our tiling experts then give us a call today!