Cement tiles: prices
The most common question you may be asking yourself is: how much do cement tiles cost?
There are so many different types that it is really difficult to give you an answer. But I don't want to evade the question either, so I'll try to answer it: an Italian cement effect stoneware, of good quality and with a good design can cost around 25/30 euros per square metre. This is for a rectified product (i.e. with the edges cut so as to be sharp-edged), with a nice design and with a variety of decorations.
Of course there are cement tiles with lower prices. You can find, for example at Leroy Merlin or Bricoman or Iperceramica, versions with a non-rectified edge, a thinner thickness and with less refined and more repetitive graphics, even at 10 euros per square metre.
Your choice depends on what you have to do, on where you want to place the cement effect stoneware.
Here are a couple of examples.
1.Vintage kitchen tiles
For example, if you want to cover your kitchen with cement-effect stoneware tiles, I recommend that you invest in a high quality product, because:
- (1) you will only need a few metres,
- (2) they will be highly visible, at eye level and well lit
- (3) the kitchen cladding has a significant impact on enhancing or detracting from the kitchen furniture... you can't invest a lot on furniture and then save on such an important element.
In this case, the "right" price for cement tiles will be at least €30 per square metre
2. Floor of a bar or restaurant
In cases where space is at a premium and the graphic aspects, the design, the care in the execution of the tile are not so important, it is possible to opt for cheaper products. Without going as far as Asian imports, there are Italian products that allow you to create cement floor tiles at prices below €20 per metre.
Alternatively, you can find high quality second choice cement tiles.
In that case the price of the tiles, which would cost 30€ or more, is reduced by at least 30%, perhaps due to defects that are not very visible in a large space. Again you are down to around 20€ per square metre.
3. Cementine bathroom wall tiles
Even if you decide to cover a portion of your bathroom with cement tiles, the small amount of space you will need does not justify finding the lowest price on the market.
Keep in mind that putting too many cement tiles in the wall would be a wrong choice, you would get a confused, psychedelic environment. So choose a high quality product and try instead to "dose" the quantity, diluting the coloured and decorated tiles with more neutral ones.
So what prices are justifiable for bathroom cement tiles? In my opinion, the necessary investment is at least €25 per metre.