SABA is the only company in the world with polycoated cement tiles. An invisible protective layer is applied to the surface of the tile making them 100% stain resistant. This is a game changer in the cement tile industry since traditional cement tiles stain easily and the stains are permanent.
Our tiles are low maintenance as they don’t require any sealing before or after installation. They can withstand staining from grout, cleaning agents, acid, red wine, coffee and other food products. This makes installation fast and painless without having to worry about wiping off the grout as you go.
The tiles have been tested and certified as 100% stain resistant by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) for up to 4 hours. Extremely acidic agents may leave a slight mark if left on the surface for longer periods of time.
A first of their kind SABA tiles are 1/2″ thick which is 25% thinner than traditional cement tiles making them much easier to install and cheaper to ship.
Is Polycoated the same as Pre-Sealed?
Don’t be fooled by the word pre-sealed! Polycoating is a strong stain resistant coating which means that the tiles are 100% stain resistant and never need to be sealed before or after installation. Polycoated tiles are richer in color and their color doesn’t fade or change over time.
Pre-sealed tiles have a layer of sealer applied at the factory however this layer only minimally protects the tiles from stains. Pre-sealed tiles are never 100% stain resistant and they still require the customer to seal them 3 times during installation. Once when you open the box, then again after install and then again after grouting. You then need to seal them 3 times a year after that to avoid severe staining. Even after all of that sealing the tiles can still stain pretty easily especially if they are a lighter color.
Do I have to use a sealer?
Unlike traditional cement tiles SABA tiles are very low maintenance. They never need to be sealed before or after installation because we apply polycoating to the surface that makes the tiles stain resistant and stops color fading.
For best performance sweep and mop regularly using standard cleaning agents and avoid scratching the surface of the tile which can void their stain resistant qualities.
Do polycoated & traditional cement tiles look similar?
They look very similar. The only difference is that the colors are deeper and richer in polycoated tiles. This is great for tiles that are black or have black in them because previously it was impossible to achieve a deep black in traditional cement tiles. They often look cloudy or grey.
Polycoated tiles have a very slight sheen on the surface similar to a satin/eggshell finish. They have the same appearance that traditional cement tiles have after they have been used for a while.
Can polycoated tiles be used on a kitchen backsplash?
Polycoated tiles are 100% stain resistant so they are perfect for kitchen backsplashes where stains spill onto the tiles.
Keep in mind the tiles have been tested and certified as 100% stain resistant by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) for up to 4 hours. Extremely acidic agents may leave a slight mark if left on the surface for longer periods of time.
Can Polycoated tiles be used outdoors?
Polycoated tiles are perfect for outdoors because they are coated in a way that protects them from hot and cold temperatures. They perform much better under the harsh sunlight than traditional cement tile.
Can I use any grout?
Unlike traditional cement tile you can use any grout and not worry about it staining the tiles during installation. Traditional cement tiles require that the grout be wiped off as you go otherwise the tiles will stain. You can leave grout sit out to dry and it will not stain the polycoated tiles.