What are encaustic tiles

History

Welcome to the world of encaustic tiles and encaustic effect tiles. We get asked a lot what encaustic tiles are.

Encaustic tiles date back to around 1850 and were originally called inlaid tiles during the medieval period. And the word Encaustic comes from using multiple colours fixed to the material with heat. however the term Encaustic did not come in to use until the 19th century.

What is the difference between encaustic tiles and encaustic effect tiles?

An encaustic tile is handmade from concrete with a print on top of it or in some cases, hand painted like these tiles below found in our encaustic tile collection

An Encaustic effect tile is a tile made of either ceramic or porcelain and have a printed design laid on to it like these tiles below

How do I pick the right Encaustic tile

Its all about application! if the tile is being used on floor or externally it is important to select an encaustic effect tile that is made of porcelain alternatively ceramic with an anti-slip rating is also suitable.

With encaustic tiles they carry the beauty of being versatile and non restrictive. it doesn't matter about the colour of your walls or, the furnishings of your home, the tiles are their own work of art, their own feature and stand out in any setting.

They are widely used these days and our tile installation side of our company are using these tiles more and more frequently as people are moving away from plain tiles and trying to recreate period features of their property without using reclaimed tiles.

When using an effect tile rather then a handmade tile it removes a lot of the hassle. Real encaustic tiles require sealing before and after grouting, this is to reduce/remove the risk of staining from grout, oil and grease. With the encaustic effect tiles they do not pose the same risk due to their manufacturing process they are not made using a porous surface making them low maintenance, and a lot cheaper!

How to install encaustic effect tiles

These tiles are relatively easy to lay depending on how many patterns/variations within the tile will depend on how easy they are to install. it is important that when using these tiles you will have cut tiles at edges and corners, it is important on some of the tiles that the cut edge does not interfere with the design and any component tiler will be able to tile with our encaustic effect tiles with no issues. We always recommend using a flexible adhesive. The term flexible means it is suitable for both ceramic and porcelain however it has better bonding properties and we would advise not laying these tiles with anything other then that.