Hello World! Welcome Friends! Though tile may not be the only option for floor surfaces in the bathroom, it’s definitely the most common. Durable, water-proof and easy to keep clean are the main features that give tile an advantage in the bathroom.
If you’re not thrilled with what your local home improvement store has to offer, you might want to look online for more tile choices. Commercial tile manufacturers like Lesso might be another option, as long as you are working with a professional contractor.
This is the material you see the most often in bathroom tiles, especially at the lower end of the budget spectrum. It’s perfect material for the average bathroom for all the reasons we mentioned above. Add in that it’s inexpensive, easy to find and also easy to install on your own if you want to do the work yourself.
Porcelain and terra cotta are other forms of clay-based material that is a lot like ceramic but usually not as durable. If you want the rustic look of terra cotta in a bathroom, you have to find tiles that are glazed or they will not be water resistant.
A good option for a tight budget but you don’t get the durability or the quality as you would in most other materials. Heavy-duty vinyl tile will stand up to use but show scratches and scuffs quite easily. Thin stick-on tiles are not really great except for very small areas that aren’t going to see a lot of use.
If the idea of glass sounds a little plain, don’t forget that it comes in a whole rainbow of vivid colors. You’re not limited to clear. Glass tile is just as easy to clean and maintain as ceramic but it is not as durable. It will crack easier and shouldn’t be used in any bathrooms with high traffic levels or kids (or adults) who are likely to drop things that can crack it.
Stone does refer to a larger category of tile, and you can find a mix of specific materials to choose from. Slate, limestone, granite and marble are just a few examples. In terms of suitability, all of these are just as good for bathroom use as ceramic is. The main downside with any of the natural stone products is the cost. These tiles are significantly more expensive than ceramic or glass, though they can last a very long time.
You’ll also find that the color options are limited with natural stone, since they are restricted to whatever colors the stones are. It is a lovely choice if you want browns, grays, black and other neutral colors though. And natural stone has a lot of texture that you don’t see with other types of tile.
Not Just the Floor
Most of this discussion has been about using tile on the bathroom floor, but it’s just as popular to use tiles as a matching wall treatment too. When using tiles on the walls, you can worry a little less about durability and allow yourself to choose a tile based more on look than sturdiness. So even if you really need ceramic on the floors, you can add some decorative interest by going with glass, slate or granite on the walls.
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