When you’re remodeling your bathroom, tiling is an important consideration. Tile can elevate the room into a beautiful space while also adding durability and easy-to-clean functionality. With so many different colors and textures available, tile can give your bathroom a customized look. Whether your style is European, Contemporary or 1950s “Retro”, tile is the perfect choice.
That said, with all the choices available, deciding what bathroom tile to use can be a daunting task. The tile you select can be complementary to the overall bathroom design or can make a statement and stand out. Tile selection includes many components, including:
- The space and how the tile will be used (Floors, walls, feature, etc)
- Color, style & pattern
- Material (Ceramic, glass, porcelain, etc)
- Texture and size (Solid sheet, 4×4” squares, 12×12” squares, etc)
- Grout color and type
Most tile selection includes three main groups to choose from:
- Through-body porcelain tile – highly resistant to moisture, staining, and wear with a consistent color throughout the finished tiles
- Glazed porcelain tile – also highly impermeable with a colored glaze to enhance the finished product
- Ceramic mosaic tile – generally smaller tiles and often used to create a design with other types of tile including porcelain, ceramic, glass, and natural stone
Porcelain tile is composed of white clay that has been kiln fired at higher temperatures than ceramic tile. This process makes porcelain denser, less porous, and more stain resistant than ceramics. It can actually be harder than granite, and is ideal for wet areas.
Ceramic tile is composed of clays and other naturally occurring materials. It is mined, shaped and then kiln fired. Non-porous and very durable, ceramic tile comes in a variety of sizes and can be used in wet applications such as shower surrounds and shower floors as well as used on countertops and flooring. It can be glazed or unglazed.
Depending on what kind of tile you select, you may notice it has a slip resistance rating, which is measured by its coefficient of friction (COF). The higher the COF, the more slip resistant the tile. For a bathroom shower or floor that gets wet often, it’s a good idea to select a higher COF tile. A Re-Bath design consultant can help you choose a tile that is sure to meet your needs, and withstand the wear and tear your bathroom experiences.
Benefits of Tile
- Tile is easy to maintain. As long as you adhere to the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions, they’ll never crack, peel or fade.
- Tile offers design flexibility. Tile is available in countless patterns and designs.
- Tile can be used in almost anywhere – walls, counter tops, backsplashes, fireplaces, wet and dry areas.
- Tile is cost effective. It adds value to your home and will never need to be resurfaced, re-glazed, or recoated.
Regardless of what kind of tile you choose, you’ll find a variety of sizes and styles, including trim and accent tiles to compliment any design, and truly elevate your bath design.
Re-Bath & More is a remodeling company that specializes in bathroom remodeling in Central Pennsylvania. Re-Bath & More is known for superior customer service, trustworthy installers, excellent quality materials, and great prices.