Once you have made the decision to tile your bathroom, the next hardest decision can be choosing the correct tile for your bathroom. But with all of the different types of tile out on the market right now, how do you choose the correct tile for your bathroom? Experts suggest that you should consider the following before starting: material/durability, traction, size, cost, color and style.
Material/Durability: Tile comes in ceramic, porcelain and stone varieties. Ceramic is typically inexpensive, porcelain is more durable and depending on what type of stone is used will determine its properties. (For example, limestone can be soft whereas granite is very durable.) Having your budget set and keeping to your budget will be a major factor when helping to narrow down the material you use.
Traction and Size: Depending on what surface will be tiled in your bathroom, be it the walls or the floors, will also play a major role in your tile decision. Bathrooms get wet so it is important to choose a tile with the best traction, especially if you are tiling your floors. Smaller tiles tend to have better traction, but they can be harder to clean.
Cost: You should really set a price range before you start any home project, and doing tile work is no exception. Tile can cost you from $5 all the way up to $50 a square foot, so be sure to have a pre-set budget in mind and stick to that budget whenever possible.
Color and Style: For many people, this will be the hardest decision when it comes to choosing the tile for their bathroom. With so many unique options currently on the market, it may be easy to go for the latest and greatest in tile when it comes to color and style. But, just like colors and styles fade in fashion trends, the same goes for home improvement. Tile that may be “in” right now may be “out” in a few years and you will be stuck with an outdated look sooner than you imagined.