Cement tiles, according to the different manufacturing criteria, are classified into two types:
- Solid color;
- Inlaid designs, composed of two or more colors which, combined with each other in different ways, give rise to an infinite number of designs, creating very elegant floors.
The Cement paste tiles are produced in the square formats 20 x 20 cm, 25 x 25 cm, 34 x 34 cm and in the hexagonal formats h 20 cm and h 25 cm, for a thickness of approximately 2,5 cm. They are composed of two mechanically compressed layers: the first layer is made up of a mixture of colored cement paste in different colors combined with river sand, finely sieved for a thickness of about 8 mm; the second layer is a high-strength concrete with selected aggregates, for a thickness of about 17 mm.
The tiles are produced with the traditional technique, hand-printed one by one, hydraulic compression pressed, deformed and stored in the appropriate containers, and then completely immersed in water and left to mature in dry environments.
For the typical processing, the pastina tiles cannot be perfect, therefore they have some "defects" which represent a characteristic:
- slight color variability;
- lateral micro-cracks;
- perimeter and unfold not perfectly cut;
- whitish glaze.
Types of tiles available
Used in the central field of a pavement, the design consists of four tiles.
Band and Borders
Placed to close the central field of a pavement, they are available in a floral and geometric version.
Used to close a decorated floor or arranged alternately with single decorations or other solid colors to form the central field.