Bathroom tile 101 – on time baths
Tile options are seemingly endless for bathrooms. Not only does your decision include the bathroom floor, but the shower floor should be given some thought, as well. Your choice should be stylish, but keep in mind its practicality. For example, to reduce the chances of slipping, bathroom tiles smaller than 12×12 improves traction due to the increased number of grout joints. If you like the appearance of larger tiles (ex. 12×24), a matte finish will help. There are many options, and here are the pros and cons of some of the most popular tiles.
The Pros of Pebbles
As a shower floor, pebbles are a great option because they provide a non-slip surface and feel comfortable underfoot. It is eco-friendly, provides a natural look, and is highly durable. Pricing is mid range to high range.
The Cons of Pebbles
While durable, caution should be taken when cleaning pebble floors. Pebbles can be scratched if abrasive products are used and be careful to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, and other acids in your cleaning solution.
The Pros of Travertine Tile
Travertine tile has a luxurious look, and its natural veining gives each piece a unique appearance. When deciding on a color palette, travertine comes in neutral tones such as gray and tan, as well as bright shades of coral. It can withstand extreme temperatures and remains cool if exposed to direct sunlight. If properly maintained, Travertine can last for over a century. Comparable to the luxury of marble, travertine is available at a lower cost.
The Cons of Travertine Tile
Formed from calcium carbonate, the stone can wear down if exposed to vinegar or citrus based cleaning solutions. Travertine is also a porous stone and has holes in its natural state, which are filled by a manufacturer. Over the years, the material used to fill the holes can wear down if not properly sealed
The Pros of Granite Tile
Granite is a natural stone, and it is one of the hardest, toughest, and long-lasting of tiles. In terms of decor, its elegant appearance is sought after. Available in different types of colors and styles, it also has an added quality of uniqueness in each tile. Besides its appearance, its resistance to wear and tear makes it ideal for high traffic areas, such as the bathroom. В Its resistance to stains makes it low-maintenance choice. In order to maintain its appearance, it’s best to sweep and mop it with stone soap every week. In addition, using a granite sealant will preserve the color and smooth surface.
The Cons of Granite Tile
Granite Tile has the tendency to be slippery when it has a glossy finish and is polished. A non-glossy finish will provide better traction and require less maintenance. Another drawback is its propensity for feeling cold underfoot. It doesn’t conduct heat well, but an under floor heating system is a possible solution, though costly.
The Pros of Ceramic Tile
The durability of ceramic tile is legendary. In fact, tile installations are still intact and exist in ancient Rome and Egypt. As a glazed tile, it is available in a matte finish to minimize the chance of slipping. It is easy cleaned and is ideal to avoid germs. For aesthetic and style purposes, it comes in a variety of colors. It is also a very affordable option.
The Cons of Ceramic Tile
If the tile has a satin or glossy finish, it is slippery when wet.
The Pros of Porcelain Tile
The tile is said to be even more durable than ceramic tile, and it is a very popular choice for decorating a home. This tile is high quality, affordable, and has an unlimited amount of designs to choose from.
The Cons of Porcelain Tile
Though not exactly a con of porcelain, the tile’s durability to withstand wear, pressure, and damage was designed for commercial use, such as installation in airports.
The Pros of Quarry Tiles
Quarry tile is one of the most underused options. Its defining feature is its resiliency to water. As an unglazed tile, it provides more traction and decreases the chance of slipping. No top glaze also makes it ideal for high traffic areas, such as the bathroom, in order to combat against wear and tear. It’s one of the more affordable options and is low maintenance, as well as long-lasting.
The Cons of Quarry Tiles
The main disadvantage of choosing this tile is its limited options of colors and sizes.
The Pros of Mosaic Glass Tile
Sophisticated and ornate, mosaic glass tile can effortlessly heighten the style of your bathroom. The decorating possibilities are vast, as they are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Coming in sizes as small as 1/2×1/2, they can be arranged in simple or intricate patterns, or they could also be used as an accent piece with metal or stone tiles. The low maintenance tile can be cleaned with a damp cloth, mopped up with warm water, or a mild vinegar solution when soap scum build-up is present.
Mosaic glass tile is an environmentally-friendly option because it requires less energy to produce, and tiles comprised of recycled glass are also an option.
The Cons of Mosaic Glass Tile
Because of its sophisticated beauty, mosaic glass tile is one of the most expensive options; beautiful colors and repeating patterns will be even more costly. Though otherwise durable, scratches can be a problem for glass tiles. Darker colored tiles will hide scratches more effectively, but it’s impossible to hide a chip or crack if something heavy is dropped. Tile repair will also be expensive. Mosaic glass tile is susceptible to causing slippage, especially when wet. A non-slip rug will help tremendously.
Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to improve aesthetics, functionality, and even the value of your home. The smallest detail can better your home, so don’t forget the bathroom and shower tile. Keep in mind the style you want and the attention to maintenance you want to give in order to pick the choice that is right for you.