THE PERFECT BATHROOM. PART 3 – CHOOSING TILES FOR YOUR BATHROOM RENOVATIONjustinplace
When we talk about tiles, it’s a completely different exciting world and it helps to know some tips when choosing new tiles for your bathroom or kitchen renovation.
The first thing when you think about tiles is color, then the pattern (if you like a feature wall), and the size of the tile.
You also need to think about whether the tiles go on the floor or on the wall because there is a difference.
In general, tiles are divided into three groups – porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, and stone tiles.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay and are a popular choice for bathrooms, and they can be glazed and not glazed.
Ceramic tiles are not very durable and therefore they are not good for floor tiling.
When you are looking at a ceramic tile closely, you will notice that the biscuit, which is what we call a tile base, is usually in a different color from the top part.
Ceramic tiles on the walls can be also good light reflectors, especially when you choose glossy white tiles which make the room visually bigger and brighter.
It is a type of ceramic tile and made of clay, but the firing process used to make this tile makes it denser than a ceramic tile and therefore it’s more durable.
Porcelain tiles have a bit grainy surface, which makes them good for floors because they’re not slippery. The biscuit is usually a greyish or beige colour (the kind of colour that can be found naturally in nature) and is the same colour as the top surface.
Porcelain tiles are also more resistant and can handle pressure better than ceramic tiles and therefore they’re also heavier.
Porcelain tiles can mimic also natural materials at home like marble, cement, wood.
They have either glossy or matte/satin finish. That means that the glaze that is applied to a tile is either glossy or matte.
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CONCRETE TILES OR CEMENT TILES
Concrete tiles are growing more and more popular. They are handmade and every tile has its own pattern (imperfections) that are not repeated.
Concrete tiles are very popular in commercial areas where foot traffic is busy, but because of the growing love of sustainable materials in homes and the industrial look, people are considering more and more concrete tiles in their bathroom renovations.
Concrete tiles don’t fade over time compared to for example ceramic, but you need to take care of them. It means sealing, sealing, and sealing. When the tiles are well-sealed and prepared, they won’t stain, and water can’t do damage. Remember that these tiles are made of natural ingredients and it makes them very porous. So, resealing over time is strongly recommended.
Keep in mind that concrete tiles are heavy, and you need to make sure your home can support these heavy tiles on the floor or on the wall. If you are not sure, you need to talk to a specialist.
The good thing is that other materials such as porcelain tiles can also mimic the concrete look and they are lighter and more cost-effective.
Concrete tiles can also feel cold on the floor. So, you need to think about whether it is something you would consider. Families with little kids, who like crawling on the floor may not like this option. Of course, you can always have underfloor heating, but is this extra cost worth it?
NATURAL STONE TILES
Natural stone tiles include marble, granite, sandstone, slate, travertine etc.
These tiles are in their natural state and you can see all imperfections that can be found in nature.
They are more expensive than other tiles and they are not stained or water resistant, which means it requires more maintenance like resealing from time to time.
Because of their timeless look, they are a popular choice with many clients.