Bathroom Tile


classic ceramic bathroom tileTile is no stranger to the bathroom space. Since the 1950’s tile has become one of the most popular bathroom materials in both wall covering and flooring options. Tile, as proof of it’s incredible versatility, can be used in several ways, can include several material types, and can be applied using several methods. The most popular bathroom tile application to date is the classic ceramic tile. Other popular tile trends in the past have been stone, slate, and porcelain. Due to the recent uproar of modern and eclectic design, even more strange and unique tiles have become popular. These materials can be plastic, glass, or even leather.

 

Mosaic glass tileGlass tiles have probably taken center stage in recent years due to its diverse color and pattern ability. Glass tile can be used in wall application, shower surrounds, flooring, and virtually any where in the bathroom space. Glass tile is easily manipulated so its shapes and sizes can range tremendously. Plastic and laminate have been used in wet areas like the vanity and lavatory area. Leather is a newer trend and it still catching on. With chemically treated options, these unique tiles have been made to work in flooring and wall materials, but not near extremely wet areas. Stone tiles can include several natural stones; however the most popular ones for today’s time are granite, marble, quartz and sandstone. Granite is by far the most commonly used in the bathroom areas due to its non-porous qualities. Quartz is another great solution as it is very hard, and will work well in ultra wet areas.

Blue and white ceramic tile in contemporary bathroom

In the forties and fifties, ceramic and porcelain tile became the most popular treatment to use in bathrooms, and remains in that same position today. Ceramic is extremely durable, can come in a wide variety of color options, can vary from different shapes and sizes, and remains one of the most affordable choices for any bathroom.

Traditional bathroom tiling

Any tile can be applied at home as a weekend (sometimes more like a week) project. There are no special tools required in most cases and a basic knowledge of construction and some common sense are required. The basic process requires your tiles, spacers, and grout. Some tools and containers for mixing and spreading the grout is required. You may also find that you need a tile cut into a custom size to fit a small area (much like a puzzle). If this is the case you can rent a wet saw, and you may also be able to draw on the tile where you need the cut. This can then be done by a professional at a hardware store, home and garden supply store, or even a lumberyard in some cases.

Bathroom tile with decorative elements

Rather than jump in a start throwing tiles up everywhere in the space, it’s a good idea to have a solid plan. There is some information available to you to follow that will assist you in the beginning process of tiling your floor, tiling your wall, and creating designs with your tile.

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