Are you ready to begin your bathroom remodel, but want to figure out which tile to choose for your project? While the options are endless, in the end, you will discover that finding the perfect material for flooring, backsplash, and shower enclosures isn’t that complicated when you take advice from qualified professionals. This information will help you decide which kind of tile fits your needs:
Ceramic remains one of the most popular choices for flooring and backsplashes in bathrooms and kitchens. Available in a wide array of colors and sizes and even textures, it is an affordable option that is sure to match your color palette and design. Tintable grout adds yet another color dimension to this flooring choice.
You can expect your ceramic tile floor to last for twenty, thirty, or even forty years. In addition, maintenance costs for this tile will be low since you can easily replace a single tile (instead of the entire floor) when one breaks. When professionally installed and properly maintained, ceramic delivers a waterproof floor that resists stains, mildew, and odors.
If you would love a wood floor but don’t want to deal with the discoloration that water will cause, there are ceramic tiles that have the shape, graining, and coloring of a natural wood floor.
Remember the Backsplash and Shower Enclosure
When shopping for your tiles, remember that the tile design often includes the walls, backsplash, and possibly the entire tub and shower area.
Everything can be customized when working with ceramic since tiles are available as small as 1-inch and as large as 2-foot squares, allowing for truly creative patterns to be used. Ask for samples of all the different tiles and flooring to be used to ensure that every part of your bathroom will mesh well.
Natural products such as marble, granite, and sandstone provide the comfortable earth tones often found in more traditional interior decor. While they are easily paired with neutral paint colors, they may fight with more vibrant color choices on your walls and backsplash. Pricier than ceramic tiling, real stone is extremely durable and can last for 50 years or longer. If you expect to stay in your home for the rest of your life, it can be a great option.
You will want to discuss how to maintain your stone floor and protect it from stains and even degradation from water. If a stone tile chips or cracks, you will need a supply of the original tiles on hand to make sure the replacement matches. Proper installation and ventilation are key to maintaining this unique but stunning product.
Coordinating with the Countertop
If you opt for a natural stone floor and desire granite counters, make sure to order all your stone from the same source. Granite quarried in one location will vary greatly in color from stone obtained elsewhere.
Are you looking for a more affordable option and intend on switching out your bathroom decor after 10 years? You might consider a laminate floor. Laminate offers the look and feel of wood without the costly investment. You can find laminates that look like oak, pine, walnut, and even bamboo.
However, most laminates are not intended for use in a wet room, like a bathroom. The underlayment and actual flooring can warp if subjected to repeated and long-term exposure to water.
Is Hardwood an Option?
Many bathroom remodelers will not recommend a wood floor for your bathroom. However, if your heart is set on a real hardwood floor, it can be done. Talk to your flooring installer about the pros and cons of adding a water resistant sealant to a hardwood installation. You will face challenges over the years as any spills must be wiped up immediately to prevent staining and damage to the wood.
Installation: Do It Yourself or Hire Experts?
Yes, tile can be installed by the knowledgeable homeowner. However, it is time-consuming, and improper installation can allow water to get under the tiles, damage the grout, and result in cracking. It saves time and frustration when you schedule a qualified tile installer to take care of the job for you.
Mansfield Flooring offers a variety of bathroom tile options and professional installation. For more tips and information on picking the right flooring for your bathroom remodeling project in Texas, visit Mansfield Flooring today.