Choosing Tile for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted on: August 27,2015

It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your bathroom remodeling project: looking through sample books or showrooms full of sparkling tiles. Whether you go soft and subtle or bold and bright, choosing tile for your bathroom remodel takes more consideration than just deciding on color. Finish, density, and slip-resistance are critical details too.

At Re-Bath & More of Central PA, we offer a wide selection of bathroom tile in a range of colors, designs, and finishes to suit every taste and budget. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when you’re deciding on bathroom tile.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles: What’s the Difference?

What we call ceramic tile and porcelain tile are technically both ceramic tile; it’s more accurate to call them non-porcelain ceramic tile and porcelain ceramic tile. For the sake of keeping things simple, the industry usually just calls them ceramic and porcelain. There are differences between the two.

  • Ceramic tile – Ceramic tiles are typically made from red or white clay, kiln-fired, and then treated with a durable glaze that gives the tiles their color or design. They have a higher water absorption rate and are considered more susceptible to chipping and wear than porcelain-style ceramic tiles.
  • Porcelain tile – Porcelain tiles are made with much finer-grain clay, making them more compressed and less water-absorbent than ceramic tiles. This is why porcelain tile is more often recommend for high-traffic areas and commercial applications. Full-body porcelain tiles have the color and design throughout their thickness—not just in the glaze—making them more resistant to wear and fading.

What Kind of Tile Suits Your Style?

Style-wise, tile is one of the most versatile materials. It can create a bright, clean backdrop for your bathroom décor, take center stage with elaborate designs and mosaics, or complement your bathroom’s color scheme and mood.

Bold Accents

art deco bathrooms

Installing tile diagonally and using it to create a striking border in contrasting colors gives your bathroom’s walls and floors plenty of personality.

Magnificent Mosaics

mosaic tile
An eclectic multi-sized tile mosaic design can add unique visual interest to a shower or even an entire wall.

Classic Symmetry

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Even simple square tiles can create an appealing design when they have textured finishes and variegated color schemes.

Beyond Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Glass and natural stone tiles can be used to stunning effect in a remodeling bathroom.

Gorgeous Glass

daltile glass tile in calming sea green

Glass tile adds dimension and depth along with calming beauty.

Noble Natural Stone

re-bath natural stone tub/shower

Natural stone brings a sense of warmth and luxury to a newly remodeled bathroom. Seen above is a selection from Re-Bath & More’s new DuraBath NS natural stone collection.

Selecting Bathroom Tile in Central PA

To see our complete selection of bathroom tile options, visit our Re-Bath & More Showroom in Lancaster or schedule an appointment with one of our bathroom design consultants!