The process of concrete alternatives
Today’s concern about going “Green” is on the minds of many. Concrete tile, sinks, and countertops are one of the most environmentally responsible surface choices available. Because concrete hardens by the chemical reaction of cement and water the use of fossil fuels is minimized. Kilns used in the production of ceramic and porcelain tile are heated up to and over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit! According to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Building Rating System, concrete can significantly help increase a buildings LEED certification rating. Components such as energy requirements, energy performance, recycled content; recycle ability and locality go into the rating system. All these issues make concrete a very wise choice.
Concrete is an incredibly versatile raw material. Any project can be enhanced by an element of concrete. Be it just a bathroom sink and countertop to an entire fantasy theme. Colors and shapes are limitless.
Each La Vista Tile piece is designed and made by hand. You will never see two projects alike. Because of subtle variations in ingredients, color and finishing, each piece is unique and that is the overall appearance of choice by many who appreciate high quality, hand crafted items in their homes.
Concrete can be personalized with shell mementos from a vacation in Belize, to a lucky coin, a beautiful agate, or colored glass. The possibilities are endless. Concrete can be colored integrally (color mixed directly into the mix) or stained with acids or dyes or a combination of both. Once sealed properly it requires very little maintenance to send it on it’s way to years of beauty and an eventual warm patina.
A word about maintenance. Concrete is tough and durable. As with other surfaces like marble and granite a small amount of care will ensure it’s beauty. Acids left on the surface for a long period of time like lemon juice or red wine can etch a surface. It is best to wipe up spills quickly. Cutting on the surface is a bad idea because not only will it ruin your knives it will cut into the sealer. When the sealer is damaged it allows for stains to form in that spot. Somewhat regular waxing will protect the surface. Regular cleaning with Simple Green and warm water will suffice. Do not use abrasive cleaners or cleaners with ammonia or bleach as these may damage
the sealers. Before sending out a concrete surface, La Vista Tile always puts a minimum of two coats of penetrating sealer, two coats of a satin surface sealer, and after installation, three coats of food grade wax. About one month after regular use we schedule another waxing. Additional maintenance can be scheduled at an additional expense.