It is no surprise that tiling your bathroom is often a lot more practical than painting and carpeting it. It is an area that will get a lot of water exposed to it, and the majority of tiles are able to withstand this, unlike carpet. However, some are more resilient and naturally waterproof than others, and it is important to know exactly what you are getting when you pick your chosen material. Below, we have listed just three of the most popular tiles that are used in bathrooms to help you make your all important decisions, and get the best bathroom tile for you.
Porcelain Tiles are among the most popular tile choices for bathrooms and are perfect for those with a smaller budget, but do not want to compromise on the appearance. Porcelain is available in a huge array of styles and colours, allowing you to get the look of a more expensive material such as marble, without paying the price for it. It is an incredibly durable material, and can stand up to a lot of traffic, which makes it perfect for both floors and direct shower walls.
It is best to get glazed porcelain tiles as they can withstand more water, bacteria and scratches, making them more hygienic and suitable for use in the bathroom. They are very easy to clean and maintain – a simple wipe over with a non-abrasive cloth is enough. They can also withstand heat, which means, for a more luxurious feel, underfloor heating can be installed, so it does not feel cold underfoot.
Quartz Tiles are becoming such a popular choice due to their sheer beauty. Not only are they available in every colour of the rainbow, they have a high gloss finish, and some even have little mirror pieces in the tiles giving it an almost glittery appearance. This in itself has so many style advantages, giving your bathroom a modern feel, as well as making a small room appear bigger than it is. Quartz tiles are so durable, and never become dull or lose their colour.
Quartz are made from a high percentage of resin, which means that they do not require sealing, making them completely waterproof, and perfect for the bathrooms. They are great for people who are looking for a low maintenance tile, as they are both hygienic and resistant to heat and stains, making them very easy to clean. Although they are slightly more expensive than porcelain tiles, you do not have to have a huge budget in order to be able to have these in your bathroom.
Finally, we can look at Slate Tiles. These give your bathroom an incredibly modern yet timeless feel to your bathroom. Slate is available in different tones of grey, making them incredibly sophisticated and can work with most styles.
Slate is a tile that can be used both inside and outside, as it is naturally waterproof and does not require any additional sealing. Because of this, they are absolutely ideal for a low maintenance bathroom. Because of their unique texture, they also provide a non-stick surface, making them very popular for shower cubicles. Slate tiles are better suited for those with a slightly higher budget; however, they are very reasonably priced natural stone tiles and will last a lifetime.
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