When it comes to choosing bathroom tiles, deciding on the look and feel you wish to portray is dictated solely by the tiles you select. The bathroom is one of the most important spaces of the home, and the most frequently by families and guest. Bathroom Tiles Cape Town
It may seem like an overwhelming experience with the endless choice of colours, sizes, styles, shapes, finishes and materials to choose from. With our extended experience and knowledge in the tile and stone industry, we guide you on everything you need to know about choosing bathroom tiles.
TIP NO. 1: DO YOUR HOMEWORK
When it comes to choosing bathroom tiles, it important to understand the different types of materials and what they are most suited for. Here are the most common types of tiles used in bathrooms:
- Ceramic tiles: – Ceramic or non-porcelain tiles is the perfect tile surface for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, porches, laundries, powder rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Ceramic tiles are commonly made with red, brown or white clay that is fired in a kiln and finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern on the surface of the tile.
Ceramic floor tiles are suitable for bathrooms that have a light to moderate traffic and can be relatively prone to wear and chipping. Ceramic tiles have a generally high water absorption rate making the surface impervious to water penetration and stains.
- Porcelain tiles: – Porcelain tiles offer strong advantages when it comes to design, its strong nature allows endless ideas for interior and exterior applications. Porcelain floor tiles are great for bathrooms in terms of wear and tear in high traffic areas from families to pets. Porcelain floor tiles are a hard-wearing surface that is resistant to stains, scratches and easy to clean and maintain.
- Mosaic tiles: – Mosaic tiles are great for creating a unique feature in any bathroom design. The endless options in colour, style and size will leave you truly mesmerised. There is no denying how great a mosaic floor tile looks but can tend to be quite slippery when wet. Glass mosaic tiles are relatively easy to clean but remember the more grout lines you have, the more cleaning is involved!
TIP NO. 2: SLIP WEAR RATINGS
It can be overwhelming choosing from a range of options when it comes to tiles for wet areas. Colours, sizes and finishes are endless! But the key is to choose a tile that has a high slip rating. Tiles are put through a slip rating test that assesses the frictional characteristic of the surface to detect what is best suited for different environmental conditions. The test measures the long-term wear throughout the life of a floor, taking into consideration, the installation process, wear characteristics, cleaning maintenance and anticipated traffic.
TIP NO. 3: CHOOSING THE SIZE OF YOUR TILE
Rule of thumb when designing a bathroom is to consider the size of the room first. Large-format tiles look stunning on both walls and floors to give a large bathroom a flawless finish. However, for smaller bathroom settings we suggest giving your bathroom a feature such as penny rounds or mosaic tiles. If you are space limited, an oversized diamond pattern on a bathroom floor can create diagonal lines that give the eye a longer path to follow from one side of the room to the other, so the room feels bigger than it really is.
Large-format tiles are great for emphasizing the size of a bathroom to look elongated. When choosing shower tiles you need to take into consideration the type of drains that will be installed in your bathroom. If you choose big tiles in a bathroom with limited space, you will find more grout lines are required in showers and tend to look untidy and messy.
If you are using strip drains in your shower, you will find any tile, big or small, irregular, square, or rectangle, even large format tiles will work well together cooperatively and you can hold on to your stylish ambitions! Strip drains are a popular choice for being discrete and require minimal grout tiles – means less grout cleaning. We recommend you speak to your tiler before setting your heart on a tile that may not be suitable for your bathroom.
TIP NO. 4: TAKE HOME A TILE SAMPLE BEFORE YOU BUY
One thing we can not stress enough is to take home a tile sample. Even when you think you are 100% set on a tile it is always a good idea to take the selected tile of choice to your home to see what the colour, size and finish of the tile will look like. The colour of the tile can look completely different depending on the type of lights the area will be exposed to, whether its natural light, downlights or fluorescent lights.
The tricky part is light is never consistent and can also be contingent on the time of day and the environment. At Italia Ceramics, our staff highly recommend our customers to take home samples to see what they look like in their home.
TIP NO. 5: MEASURE AND REMEASURE EVERYTHING
There’s nothing worse when you have chosen all your tiles for your home and then when it comes to laying the tile it’s not the right size! When renovating your home consider the shape and layout of the room and how space fits accordingly with the rest of the home.
The general rule of thumb when laying a 300×600 floor tile is stand in the doorway of the bathroom and have the back wall laid horizontal. It is recommended to lay the 600mm edge horizontal so it lines up with your floor tile. However, every bathroom is different in size and layout.
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