How to Get the Right Tiles for Your Bathroom

Tiles are the most popular choice of floor and wall coverings for bathrooms and wet rooms. Why? It’s simple – not only are they visually appealing but they can be used on any surface in the bathroom, walls, floors, sink tops, even the ceiling if you like. There are a few of things to consider when choosing tiles for your bathroom and we’ve compiled a list of 5 quick tips to help you choose.

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1.       Durability

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are subject to cracks from time to time as they are quite brittle and they are often the least expensive option for this very reason. Mosaic tiles are also quite brittle, and are best suited to serving as wall tiling rather than floor tiling. If your budget allows it, the most durable and indeed the strongest tile option are probably natural stone tiles. Although always check the PEI Rating of your tile to determine its strength/durability.

2.       Design

The design of your tiles will be a big deciding factor. We highly advise that you choose a light coloured tile to brighten the room and make the space appear bigger. Often bathrooms have only small windows or sometimes none at all; hence they attract very little light. While black or grey tiles may seem sleek, you will find that they make your bathroom appear dark and cramped. When we suggest using light coloured tiles, you don’t have to stick to white or cream, be bold and opt for yellows, blues or greens – whatever you fancy!

3.       Size

It is generally advised to avoid the use of large tiles (circa 60x30cm) in your bathroom. Although this size tile may look beautiful on your kitchen floor, they can make a bathroom look very small. While the use of several very small tiles is extremely popular, as it can create a “mosaic” effect, it is best to opt for tiles that are approximately 30 x 15cm or 40 x 20cm in size. Remember, the smaller the tile, the more grout that you will have to use and therefore the more grout that will be on show.

4.       Amount of Tiles Required

Once you’ve decided on the size of tile you want, you need to measure, using square meters as your metric, how many tiles you will need to tile the whole room. You’ll also have to figure a few spares into the equation too just in case of breakages along the way. Figure that you’ll have to purchase 10% extra to use as spares. If cost is a factor, the amount of tiles you require may limit your options very quickly. You may also be forced to re-think your plans to tile the entire bathroom as opposed to just the floor, that’s if cost is an issue.

5.       Slip Resistance

We all know of someone that has a horror story of slipping in a bathroom and injuring themselves. It is important that your tiles will not turn your bathroom into a hazardous environment. Ask your sales advisor to provide information regarding the slip resistance of various different tiles.  In some cases, the answer will be obvious i.e. a polished porcelain tile will certainly be more slippery than a naturally finish porcelain tile.

Tiles are extremely durable and you’re likely to get many years out of them, so use the above advice that has been given to you to make the best choice for you.