Wet Rooms Need Special Tiles For Water Resistance

If you are planning to redo the bathroom, remember you need water resistance tiling. Rooms that have a bathtub, shower, and other bathroom comforts should have tile as a surface. Tile is quite popular and easy to keep clean.

The one thing you need to remember though is that the tile will get a very steady flow of water on it. Thus, it is imperative to have the right tiles in this room. They must be water resistant and not be susceptible to cracking over time. More often than not, these types of tiles come in slabs and in a wide variety of pleasing colors, designs and textures. In other words, if renovation is on your mind or it is time to upgrade, you will love these tiles.

One really smart choice for a wet room includes granite. Not only will it offer you a very unique look, but it has an advantage over other types of tiling. This natural stone has an antibacterial surface that does not hold onto the soap scum, shampoo and other grungy things that fall on it. And of course, the tiles are waterproof and do not need sealing except along the grout line. While granite is a major expense, it is worth it for a variety of reasons. Granite increases the resale value of your home in the future, is very attractive and will last a long time.

For those with a limited budget, there are other attractive and cost effective choices such as ceramic or porcelain flooring. These surfaces have the ability to give a wet room a real lift thanks to the remarkable array of designs and colors. The sky is the limit when choosing ceramics or porcelain. Both are tough and water resistant and when the day is done, they make a statement about your style. Either tile may be sealed for that extra protection against residue build up and water.

Other options include travertine and even slate. The one thing you should know about these surfaces is that they need resealing on a frequent basis – usually every six to 12 months. If this is not something that bothers you, then the only limit to what you do in your wet room is your imagination.

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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