Machuca Tiles are handmade cement tiles. The word ‘Machuca’ is the family name of the founders of the company. Machuca Tiles are also known as Encaustic Tiles, Mission Tiles, Cuban Tiles, Spanish Tiles, Baldozas, Hydraulic Tiles, or simply as Cement Tiles.
Machuca Baldozas Inc. is the only manufacturer of Machuca Cement Tiles in the Philippines. These tiles are branded with an embossed ‘Machuca’ behind each tile. Be forewarned, there are many suppliers who claim to sell Machuca Tiles, but have products that are actually made of different materials. Machuca Cement Tiles are not made of ceramic, porcelain, vinyl, or clay materials.
Yes you can! We accept custom orders. We can have a custom metal tile mould created (by hand), and then we proceed with creating your very own custom design tiles!
You may change any color on any tile to your desired specification. Please view our COLORS tab for all of the available shades. Some colors are at a premium (specifically shades of Blue, Green, and Violet), while the rest are standard colors. Changes in the tile price would only occur if you were to change a premium color to a standard color, or vice versa. You also have the option of increasing or decreasing the number of colors on any tile (e.g. Changing a 4 color combination to a 3 color combination), to suit your preference.
Our most popular size is the standard 20x20cm-sized tile. We also have tiles in the 30x30cm, 15x15cm, 7x25cm (brick), hexagon, and 15x30cm (riser) size. All of the designs in the tile gallery are available in 20x20cm and 30x30cm. Due to the small size, the 15x15cm tile has limited designs (contact us for the list of available designs).
Each 20x20cm tile is roughly 3/4 of an inch thick, while our 30x30cm tiles are roughly an inch thick.
Note: The mortar to be used during installation can compensate for any minute differences in the tile thickness.
Each tile weighs roughly 1.70 kilos (for the 20x20cm tile), 4 kilos (for the 30x30cm tile), 2 kilos (for the 15x30cm tile), and 1 kilo (for the 15x15cm tile).
Yes! We have a cutter that carefully cuts the tile into desired shapes. We will need the exact measurements to proceed with cutting. Cutting is normally done for border and corner pieces, to fit the tile into the specific floor area. However, we recommend that tiles be cut on-site instead to get more accurate measurements.
1 square meter would need 25 pieces of 20x20cm tiles, or roughly 45 pieces of 15x15cm tiles (would need cutting), roughly 12 pieces of 30x30cm tiles (would need cutting), or roughly 33 pieces of our Hexagon tile (would need cutting).
The tiles are sold on a per piece basis. The prices of the tiles vary, based on the catalog number (design), color combination, tile size, and final quantity chosen. Our standard tile size is 20×20 cm. Please contact us with your chosen design and quantity, so we could provide you with the exact price of each piece.
We accept all orders, both large and small! Though you may order any design at any number of pieces, the tiles will be at their cheapest when ordered 100 pieces and above for each design.
If it is an in-stock tile, we can release/deliver right away. Designs that aren’t in stock require approximately 15-30 working days (for an average-sized order), depending on the exact quantity, chosen pattern, and current production schedule.
If you have a firm deadline, please contact us as early as possible with your chosen pattern, tile size, and final quantity. Since these tiles are all manufactured by hand and made-to-order, we greatly recommend that there be sufficiently allotted time to plan, place an order, and manufacture these pieces.
Yes! Samples that aren’t in stock would only require a few days to produce. Custom color combinations (as well as custom designs) would need to have a sample made for approval.
Our standard tile pricing is based on an order of at least one hundred tiles. Due to individual manufacturing and handling, our sample operations are more tedious and time consuming compared to larger bulk orders. For these reasons, we would only be discounting the cost for the sample upon specific large orders. If you were to order a sample and the larger selection, please remind us to discount the cost for the sample (should you qualify for the reimbursement).
We greatly recommend a 3 to 10% breakage allotment, depending on the quantity you are ordering. We’ve had many experiences of clients who have missing / broken pieces that are due to improper installation, poor handling, or minor cracks that come from uneven distribution of tiles during transport. This allotment is completely optional, though highly suggested.
Proper measuring is the key to minimizing waste and overage. Please confirm actual measurements with your contractor. If you would be needing help in computing, please send us your floor layout.
Please remember to order carefully and allow for extras as any additional small order is going to cost more than a large order, and may not match the initial order as well because of the difference in batches.
Yes you can! You can mix and match any piece to suit your specification. You can get border and corner pieces from different catalogs and match them with different design pieces.
We will be able to help you compute for the exact quantity you will need. For accurate computation, we will require a floor layout. Please note that Machuca Baldozas Inc will not be liable for any miscomputation or errors in quantity. The final quantity will be approved by the client.
Yes! We’ve set aside all tiles that are overruns (good as new—excess) and seconds (rejects from our quality control process). They are all located in our factory in Bicutan, Paranaque. The seconds (reject) pieces are sold at a discounted price. Please feel free to come and look through the stocks.
In our online tile gallery, each Catalog number has exactly 48 pieces. Some designs have borders and corners incorporated into the layout, while some do not. 1 piece from the 48-piece layout would look like this:
Depending on the contract amount, we would either require a 50% down-payment or a full payment before we start production. This is because we are dealing with colored cement pigments that last only for a few days at a time when mixed, and would need to ensure an order is placed before we begin manufacturing.
As of the moment, we do not provide installation services. However, we’d be able to provide you and your contractor with installation guidelines and procedures. If you are concerned with the installation, we’d be able to carefully walk you through the process.
The tiles will first need to be washed with liquid soap and water. For stains, we recommend pure clorox and scrubbing the tile using Scotch Brite. It is important to never use muriatic acid, as the tiles will completely be destroyed. After washing the tiles, you may apply floor wax to achieve a shinier and cleaner look. For our clients, you may request a copy of our maintenance tips.
The distance depends on the desired look that you would like achieved. For many cases, minimal distance is recommended between the tiles. The general rule to follow is that tiles should not have a distance of more than 2mm between each other.
As every monitor/screen is different, it is impossible to have everyone seeing the same exact shades. Our color tab offers the closest possible representation of the actual shade at hand (we’ve even hired professionals to ensure that the digital shades match to the real-life shades!)
Please order color chips or a sample tile so you can see the truest representation of the rich colors you can expect from our cement tiles.
Each tile we manufacture is hand-made and carefully crafted. Although we strive to be as perfect as possible, the slight imperfections on the tiles are rarely improvable. Every imperfection on the tile is part and parcel of the tile’s personality. Slight variations are inherent to this product. It is important to know that no two tiles are exactly alike. Each and every tile is unique. This adds to the natural appeal and does not compromise the performance or aesthetic. We separate the pieces that do not adhere to the quality that we impose, and add them to our overruns and rejects stock.
It is recommended that all tiles are examined in person or samples are purchased before placing an order. All of our patterns in our tile gallery are rendered images of the designs in their truest form. Although our best effort is made to ensure that these images are as close as possible to the actual product, slight variations in shade, color or appearance is possible. Monitor and screen settings can also play a role in the representation of a picture. If you are still unsure, contact us for samples.
We do not recommend the cement tiles to be installed under direct sunlight and/or rain exposure, as they are susceptible to soaking up the rain and cracking from the heat once the moisture evaporates. Semi-enclosed areas are easier to work with, as they are not exposed to excessive water or sunlight. You have the option of installing sealant to work around this problem, although this is at your discretion.
We recommend a 9 to 15 day curing period. The timeline that we provide in our proposals already includes the recommended curing period.
No. Cement tiles are not ceramic, and there is therefore no need for energy-intensive kiln (a thermally insulated chamber) firing. The tiles are neither baked nor heated.
No, the colored pigments on the face of these tiles are not painted on the surface, but are rather a fundamental part of the top layer of the tile body. These colored cement pigments are mixed into the cement, and each color mix is hand-poured into the enclosed color regions of a specially-made pattern mold.
Yes! Machuca Tiles are locally made. Though some of the raw materials we use are indirectly imported from international locations, the entire manufacturing process is completed in our factory in Paranaque City.
Cement tiles are a great choice for commercial applications, including restaurants, hotels, offices, cafes, etc.
Yes. We have had many years of experience dealing with large commercial and residential projects. We gladly work with designers, architects, and contractors. Contact us for more information.
We package the tiles in corrugated boxes for deliveries. This has no additional fees. Our boxes already include the installation procedure and maintenance guidelines.
We suggest having the tiles crated when you’re having the tiles delivered by sea, air, or long distances by land. We can secure the tiles in wooden crates.
You have the option of picking up your tiles in our factory in Paranaque City, or in our showroom in the City of Manila. We deliver to most parts of NCR using our trucks (delivery fees apply). For locations outside the NCR / Philippines, we can deliver worldwide via 2GO / FedEx.