Choosing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

When it comes to the bathroom design, you have several different options for the type of tile that you use. Ceramic, glass, and natural stone are all viable options that can create a beautiful design. Deciding between them can sometimes be difficult, as each has several attributes that can help you make the most of the room. Learning more about each one, however, may help you decide which may be right for you.

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Ceramic tile is a manmade product. A clay based tile that is covered with a glaze and fired to high temperatures. They come in a range of colors, sizes, and textures and may be suitable for walls, floors, or both. Ceramic tile typically requires little care, unless the glaze has a crackled or crazed finish, in which case it will require sealing to prevent stains. Ceramic tile is fairly uniform in color, and even those with variation will still not deviate too far from one another in color or design.

Glass tile is a popular material for bathrooms, as it’s colorful, light reflecting, and easy to clean. Glass is used primarily for walls, but some tiles can be used on the floor as well. It has unique needs for setting material to help preserve its color and clarity. It can be difficult and expensive to install properly as well. Glass mixes well with other materials such as ceramic or stone, making a beautiful accent in small amounts.

Natural stone is one of the most popular materials for bathrooms, as it comes in such a wide range of colors, textures, and types. You can achieve classic styles using Bianco Carrara or get something more contemporary using a mixture of honed Absolute Black and glass tiles. Stone may need to be sealed in wet areas, but most types are well suited to the bath. Because no two pieces of stone are every exactly the same, using this material in your bathroom will give it a richness and depth that can’t be duplicated with ceramic tile. Stone also has a nearly universal appeal, making it a good choice for resale as well.

No matter what type of tile you choose for your bathroom, make sure that you consider all your options first, to find the right material for the job.

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