Which Tiles Should I Choose For My Bathroom?
If you're looking for a bathroom tile it can be hard to know which type of tile is going to stand the test of time. Bathroom tiles are different from kitchen tiles for example, as they have to be able to withstand high moisture levels and, especially if they are floor tiles, be non-slip. The two top choices for bathroom tiles, whether it be floor or wall, would be ceramic or porcelain. In this blog post we will outline the benefits of both to hopefully give you a better idea on what types of tiles you should be looking at.
Perhaps the most popular tile type, porcelain is an incredibly practical choice. Porcelain tiles require fairly low maintenance as unlike a carpet floor for example, porcelain tiles don't harbour dust and or allergens. A simple routine hoover of the floor and a wipe down of the walls will keep them looking almost new. Because of their non-porous properties, porcelain tiles are also stain resistant, so no need to worry about those shampoo or soap spillages effecting the look of your tiles. Similarly, porcelain tiles won't warp or rot as a wood will for example. Porcelain tiles are completely unaffected by liquid and moisture and this ability not to swell in heat means you could also use a tile floor with underfloor heating so you don't have to step on to a cold floor when you've had a bath or shower. Finally, porcelain tiles are incredibly hardwearing proving their longevity through its durability and strength. It would take a great amount of force to crack or chip a porcelain tile, so you can rest assured that your tiles won't damage easily, giving you the best price for you money.
Made from clay, minerals and water and then subjected to extreme heat in a kiln, ceramic tiles are incredibly strong. Similar to a porcelain, ceramic tiles are also impervious to water and liquids, making them ideal for wet and humid conditions such as your bathroom. If unglazed, the tiles should always be treated with a glaze to protect the product from future damage. Maintaining your ceramic tiles is very simple, needing only a simple mop or wipe to retain its look. If well maintained, a ceramic tile can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years, proving its longevity. Ceramic tiles also do not harbour dust and or allergens making them extremely hygienic for the modern home.
Both are very similar in their core properties and the only thing that sets them apart is the way in which they are made. We would recommend for any bathroom environment, no matter which material you may choose, that you sway towards a non-slip or textured finish tile. This is especially important for tiled floors as this will help to prevent any potential slips and falls once the tiles become wet. Which ever you choose, we have a huge collection of both, see them all now and order your free samples today!