What are encaustic tiles?

Patterned tiles have added interest and style to interiors around the world throughout history, making them a timeless addition to any home.

From intricate, modern, multi-coloured patterns, to bold and simple monochrome designs, patterned tiles are now more popular than ever.

If you’re considering adding some beautiful new tiles to your home, one of the first things you should consider is whether you’re going to use encaustic or ceramic tiles.

Encaustic tiles versus ceramic tiles

Encaustic tiles are patterned tiles made using at least two different colours of clay or cement.

The decorative encaustic tile dates as far back as the medieval times, when they were traditionally made using coloured clay. Modern encaustic tiles are now more commonly produced using coloured cement.

Besides the materials that they are made from, the key difference between glazed ceramic tiles and encaustic tiles is that the design forms part of an encaustic tile’s body, rather than just being painted on the surface.

How are encaustic tiles produced?

Modern technology means that it is now simpler than ever to quickly produce large quantities of high quality encaustic tile.

Encaustic tiles are produced by pouring different coloured cements into metal moulds and using machinery to hydraulically press them.

Hydraulically pressed encaustic tiles tend to be more durable and long-lasting than traditional hand-pressed tiles as machinery allows them to be pressed with a more consistent force.

Benefits of encaustic tiles

Encaustic tiles have withstood the test of time due to the quality and longevity of the finished product. Unlike with glazed tiles, the pattern on an encaustic tile cannot fade or wear away.

If an encaustic tile becomes chipped or damaged, it is usually less noticeable as the pattern’s colour goes beyond the surface of the tile.

Here at Beeston Reclamation we frequently stock high quality, traditional encaustic tiles from renowned designers like Minton and Hollins. Browse our range of flooring tiles.