When it comes to bathroom walls, countertops and floors, tiling is always a common choice. With its endless array of styles, colors and possibilities, it’s not hard to see why: you can go classic, contemporary, eclectic or retro simply by choosing the right tile. Be sure to consider some important factors, such as durability and vitreous quality before choosing the tile right for you. If you’re on the hunt for great tile style, be sure to get the facts first: What size tile should you consider?
This is mostly a taste preference as different tiles ultimately lead to different aesthetic appeal. However, keep in mind that larger tiles take less time to hang since the smaller the tile, the more precision required. Generally, this results in the latter being a bit more expensive. Is the tile’s weight important?
Yes, it actually can make a difference, particularly if you’re tiling a backsplash. Before choosing a tile, take into account the strength of your wall paneling: if it’s flimsy and you’ve chosen a heavy tile, the outcome may be disastrous. What style works best for you?
Again, this is up to you and your personal aesthetic as there is a wide variety of shapes and colors available for tile. Go with small penny tile for a classic look, or think subway tile for a cool, retro feel. In terms of color, you can create a clean and fresh vibe with all white, or commission a tile professional to create colorful mosaics. Don’t forget about grouting: even this basic necessity to tiling comes in a variety of colors add to your bathroom’s design scheme. Should you choose vitreous or non-vitreous tiles?
Tiles become more vitreous the longer and hotter the ceramic batter is fired, and the more vitreous tile becomes, the less likely it will absorb water. Therefore, vitreous tiles are best for bathrooms since moisture is prevalent. To glaze or not to glaze?
Glaze acts as a sealer and protects the ceramic underneath the surface, and therefore helps block water absorption. Because they’re slippery when wet or moist, either use a rougher glazed tile for flooring or allocate the glazed tiling only to countertops and walls. How can you ensure durability?
Consult the European Group Standard to see how certain tiles are rated. In general, bathroom tile should fall into Group 1 or Group 3; the former is tile suitable for walls or floors where foot traffic is generally barefooted, and the latter is the optimal choice for most any residential use including countertops, walls and floors. How important is sealing?
Very important, especially in the bathroom where moisture is common. Be sure to finish your tiling job with a good waterproofing agent. Don’t forget to seal the areas around the bathtub and on the floor in addition to sealing the tiles to one another (through grouting).