Because of its waterproof nature, bathroom tile is at home in wet environments. And because of the zillions of combination options for color, material, texture, sheen, size, and pattern, you can mix and match to create a theme in your bath that you love.
For walls and vertical spaces, glass, porcelain, and ceramic tiles are ideal, and natural stone works as well. Tile made for walls is durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. It’s easy to mix and match colors, materials, and styles to create a bright, functional bathroom no matter what your budget.
For floors, slip resistance is key, especially in homes with small children and older adults. Smaller tiles provide more grout lines which result in surer footing on wet floors. Note that you can put floor tile on the walls, but you can’t put wall tile on the floor. It’s a safety and durability thing.
While tile floors are available in a variety of materials, ceramic is one of the most popular because of the material’s versatility and easy maintenance. It provides a solid, hard surface that’s easy to keep clean, and it’s water- and stain-resistant (unless it’s not glazed). It’s very durable, comes in a wide range of colors and designs, and it’s easy to cut into custom shapes.
Ceramic tile is very hard, which makes it very durable. But its hardness can also make it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time and can be a problem for people prone to falls, such as young children and older adults. In cold weather, it can also be very cold on the toes first thing in the morning, unless you use in-floor heat.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that’s even stronger, harder, and more water and stain resistant than ordinary ceramic tile. The nature of the manufacturing process makes porcelain able to mimic a wide range of natural flooring materials including stone, wood, marble, bamboo, cork, and others. This makes porcelain an excellent alternative if you want the look of wood that hold up better to water and is easier to maintain. Unlike glazed ceramic tile, the color of porcelain continues all the way through the tile, so if you accidentally get a chip, it’s barely visible.
Marble has an elegant appearance and is a wonderful, luxurious option for bathroom tile floors. It requires more maintenance than ceramic and porcelain, however. Marble scratches and stains easily, and because of its porous nature, it should be sealed every year.
Other Tile Floor Materials
Other popular tile floor materials include travertine, granite, brick, and Saltillo tile, each with its pros and cons. Because there are so many options, talk to us about the look you want to achieve, and we can help steer you in the right direction.
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