What Kind of Tile Should I Use for My Bathrooms?

Have you ever planned a bathroom renovation before? Maybe this is a first, and you’re wondering where to start. Should you think about the layout first? Should you think about materials? What kind of colors and fixtures you would like for your upgraded bathroom? Knowing where to begin isn’t always easy, especially because you really want to get it right. Mistakes and missteps are costly when it comes to bathroom renovations,

There are a million different directions you could go with every aspect of your bathroom renovation, so in the end, you really just have to do the best research you can and go with the designs and materials that really attract you on a basic level. You’ll also want to consider the difference between a trend and time-tested design or concepts. There are so many trends that come in go in home renovation, and what’s “in” this year may not be in next year. There are also aspects of bathroom renovation that are considered to hold value very well over the years ­– but that’s another blog post altogether.

What we’re talking about here is tile. This is a big part of many bathroom renovations. Tile is commonly used because it’s easy to clean, and it stands up very well against the moisture generated in your average bathroom. It also looks great, and allows the designer or homeowner to have a lot of control over the visual aesthetic of the bathroom. Tile comes in so many different colors, textures and patterns – it can even look very closely like natural stone, or even wood. The possibilities are endless.

Stone tile is a good option because it brings a timeless look. There is actual stone tile, of course, and if you can afford it, the effect is very luxurious and sturdy. There is also ceramic tile that look like stone.

Porcelain and ceramic tile are two more options you will have to consider. Both are similar, except that porcelain tile has a lower rate of water absorption. In other words, porcelain tile creates a better “seal” against whatever is touching it. That’s very good for any bathroom that is either “3/4” or a full bathroom. Porcelain tile is a great way to tile a shower, and fine bathtubs are obviously made of porcelain. If you’re remodeling a half bathroom (i.e. there is no shower or tub), it becomes much less important to consider the water absorption rate of porcelain versus ceramic.

Also consider materials like engineered wood and engineered wood or vinyl. Various synthetic materials exist that can give you good protection against common problems like mold and mildew from excess moisture (such protections are obviously very important for any bathroom design).

Who is going to advise you on what tile to choose for your particular project? More importantly, who’s going to install those materials and take care of the details when it comes to making your bathroom upgrade a reality? This is what it’s so valuable to find a bathroom upgrade renovation specialist you can trust.