Choosing and Installing Tiles in a Bathroom
Tile is the most common finishing material for rooms with high humidity level such as bathrooms and kitchens. If you decide to install tiles in your bathroom, you can cover both walls and the floor, different types of tiles can be used for your comfort.
How to make the right choice? We’ll tell you what exactly you should pay attention to while shopping.
Main Coating Types
- Glossy tile is the most popular and well-known material in the market, which looks best on the walls. It attracts buyers’ attention because of its ability to reflect light, its aesthetic look and the fact that it doesn’t require any special care. However, you should be careful when choosing colors: light tiles don’t glare as much as the dark ones, and bright glare can start irritating one’s eyes.
- Matte tile doesn’t reflect light, looks more neutral and calming and has a slightly rough surface. Therefore, it’s primarily used for finishing floors thus lowering the risk of slip-and-fall. However, it’s important to remember that splashes are highly visible on the matte surface. You can choose tiles imitating any material: wood-imitating tiles, for instance.
- Mirror tile is an excellent alternative to the wall mirror. It helps visually enlarge the space that’s why this tile type is very popular. Diagonal tiling on the walls and on the floor makes the room look bigger and more spacious.
How to Evaluate Tiles by Their Appearance
You should carefully examine the tile making sure everything is all right before buying it. First of all, make sure that there are no scratches, chips and any other defects. They are highly visible, especially on the dark tile. There should be no extraneous blotches on it too, unless you decided to choose a tile imitating speckled marble.
When choosing a floor tile, please, note that it should be able to bear a certain load. The testing sample should be placed on the floor face down and rubbed well against it. If there is no damage left on the sample after this manipulation, then you can be sure that this is a reliable and durable material.
It’s also worth checking whether the tile is waterproof indeed: if you splash some water on a waterproof tile surface, it should gather into droplets.
If you are looking for a floor tile, please, make sure it has a non-slip surface. It’s easy to check: wet your finger and slide it over the tile. If your finger slides easily, then this material is dangerous and should be used for wall tiling only.
Self-Installation Versus Professional Installation
It’s better go with professional installers. If you don’t have a tile installation experience, there is a big chance you’ll get an uneven surface, and everything will have to be redone. Miami Bathtubs employees usually need several hours to complete tile installations. We’ll surely deliver the best results and your tile will last for long. Call us!