Tile Can Create a Whole New Look for a Bathroom

When it comes time for the bathroom to be redone, think tile. It is just the ticket to brighten the room up.

Let’s face it. You cannot have the same bathroom day in and day out, year after year, without starting to hate the way it looks. When it is time to do something about it, it does not take a whole lot of cash to accomplish the look you want. The perfect choice for your bathroom when you remodel or even just focus on one part is the tile. It is ideal for the shower, the walls and, yes, even the floor.
At one time, there was not a large selection of tiles to choose from and it got kind of boring. Now, the sky is the limit when it comes to style and design, and, in fact, you may find yourself having a hard time making up your mind. One thing is for sure though – you will definitely find what you want to add some life, texture and panache to your bathroom.

Ceramic tiles have many attractive features. Just remember that the glazed ones are not such a smart choice for areas that have a lot of water. Remember the expression, “Slippery when wet?” This applies to glazed ceramic tiles, so you want to make that the last choice for a floor. So, what is the best choice instead?

You could consider porcelain, which is typically made from fine-grain clays, and a big bonus is that it is moisture and stain resistant. What more could you ask for? It is also a product that takes a lot of traffic and yet still looks great. It is definitely worth a look and its vivid colors and unique designs can give your bathroom a completely new look. Bathrooms are a place where you can mix and match, and use decorative tiles to accent a solid background. Redoing the look is a fun project and not that expensive.

The only thing that might slow you down is if you choose to tile the floor. Tile flooring takes time and a great deal of care. For instance, it is at least a three day project from start time to laying the last tile. If this is what you are going to do, then choose a wear resistant tile that ranks at 5, the highest level. Tiles ranked at 1 are the lowest on the scale, so you would likely want to stay away from those in the bathroom. However, what you choose will depend on your lifestyle, how much traffic you get in the bathroom, and if shoes will be used in there.

What else can you choose for the floor? Try slate, sandstone or even granite, which is rated highly for its finish and how safe it is in bathrooms. When wet, these surfaces are still safe to walk on and less slippery than ceramic tiles. The other nice feature about the choice of stone is how it makes the room feel earthy and comfortable. As you can see, the choices are endless. The prices are reasonable depending on your selection and bathroom size. Tile will make you love your bathroom again. Bravo!

Dean Dupre is with Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company. To learn more, visit Champtile.com.

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