Ceramic Tile – Is It a Good Choice for Your Bathroom?

An Ideal Surfacing Option?

Ceramic tiles are either of the porous or non-porous variety. When trying to decide which one to use for your bathroom tile installation, the best choice would ideally be non-porous ceramic tiles.

If you have a small bathroom and your choice of tiles have designs on them, to keep your design elements in perspective, go for smaller sized tiles to better incorporate them into your overall design.

It also makes good design sense to choose contrasting colors for the floor tiles and wall tiles to set them apart and create dimensional space in the room. To round off your bath decor, choose relevant bathroom accessories that compliment the colors of your bathroom tile walls.

For centuries, tile has been a popular floor and wall coverings in bathrooms, especially where surfaces come across water and moisture.

Though ceramic tile is a little more pricey than linoleum for lavatory floors or fiberglass for your shower enclosure walls, tile not only boosts the worth of your home it also gives the impression of being a better quality product to potential home buyers.

If you are a tiling newbie or a seasoned do-it-yourself handy person, when you are ready to embark upon a washroom tiling project, the following simple methods will help you create the look and professional feel that you want to achieve.

First, you must reinforce the sub-floor of your lavatory before installing any ceramic floor tiles. If ask any trade professional, the universally accepted method of laying tile is to smooth a coating of thin set on your washroom floor and then cover it with cement backer board before the thin set hardens in place.

With your power drill, use specially made backer board screws to fasten the backer board down to the subfloor. By laying down backer board, you supply a rock-solid safe and sound level surface for the tile.

This ensures your tiles will be flat and will not crack or break from an uneven surface if you were to step on them.

Enduring and Beautiful Covering That is Easy to Maintain

If on the other hand, you are using tiles on your bath walls, ceramic tile still presents an attractive, enduring wall that’s easy to maintain and is very hard to mark or stain.

The other good thing about ceramic tiles is that you can install wall tiles in just about any place including your walls and ceilings, pretty much anywhere you would like to be able to enjoy ceramic tile’s natural beauty and charm.

However, the best locations for putting in ceramic tiles are in the kitchen (mainly backsplash tiles or countertop tiles) and in your bathroom (usually the shower.)

So if you are like most people and think a ceramic tile wall is hard to install, the reality of the matter is that it’s well within the range of your typical everyday handy DIY’er who is willing to invest the time to appreciate the tiling process and take his/her time installing the wall correctly.

Ceramic tile also offers flexible design possibilities because it comes in so many different sizes and colors to tie in with any bath decor. From 1 square inch (typically sold attached to sheets that are 12 inches by 12 inches) to all the way up to 18 inches square they can fit any size renovation project.

It is important to note that all ceramic tiles don’t resist water. In fact, some ceramic tiles, called non-vitreous, will actually soak up water, so this variety of tile should only be used in dry areas in your home where it won’t come in contact with water.

Also semi vitreous and impervious ceramic tiles both resist water (impervious tiles won’t absorb any water all). So if you’re looking to put your tiles on a kitchen or bathroom wall, be sure you get semi vitreous or better yet, impervious tiles to protect your bathroom renovation investment.

Now you know the basic steps in laying ceramic tile. To learn more about laying down backer board or bathroom tile grout repair, read these resources.