As the year gets under way, the popularity of Jordan 4S cement tiles is soaring again.
It is back in stock, and prices are soaring again, with the latest batch on sale at £1,700 (NZ$2,200).
“It’s really popular because it’s cheaper than the regular cement,” says John Wilson, a builder who builds and installs the cement tiles in his home in Auckland.
“The tiles are made from 100 per cent clay and it’s really hard.
The price is also so good that if you want to go for it you can get a good deal.”
A similar product was available in the US for about $2,500, but the price was so high that the tile wasn’t a good value for the quality, Wilson says.
“Now that it’s back in high demand it’s going to be very hard to beat it.”
The tiles have been around for almost 40 years, but they are often used for more than just concrete.
They are also often used to build stairways and walkways.
They can be used for other projects, too, such as patio doors, or even to build walls to protect a kitchen countertop.
A recent study from the University of Melbourne found that people who buy cement tiles for concrete walls can actually increase the chances of them getting cracked, cracking which could then lead to a more serious injury.
“If you can see how many cracks it will cause and how it will be repaired, then you can plan a plan to do it,” says Wilson.
“You can then do it to make sure that you’re not going to have to replace it.
It’s a good idea to do that if the wall is going to get damaged.”
In the past decade or so, the number of people who bought cement tiles to build a concrete wall in the UK has soared from 1,300 to more than 3,000, with around 80 per cent of those buying from local retailers.
Wilson says the popularity is largely down to the fact that the cement used to make the tiles is cheap.
“We are used to getting cheaper cement than the average cement, but for the price we’re getting we’re not getting anything that is not cheap.”
For the time being, Wilson is happy with the price of the cement he’s selling.
However, he’s not buying more because the price has dropped, he says.
In the meantime, there are a few other tiles to look out for, including the one that is now in the process of being sold at a new online auction site.
Jordan 4s is also back in full stock on eBay, which is now listing at $1,850 (NZ $2.30).
It is not clear how long the sale will last, but if the bidding war continues, the tile may be gone before the end of the year.
If you are looking for the cheapest concrete tiles you can buy, you can use the BBC Money calculator to see how much you could save.