When installing new tile in your bathroom, your choice of shower tile comes with a unique set of requirements that need to be taken into account when making your choice. A shower's wall tile, after all, is subject to high temperatures, direct exposure to a large amount of water and steam within a confined area, as well as the pressure and force of the faucet itself. This means that any shower tile you use will need to be durable, waterproof, ideally easy to clean, slip-resistant even when wet, comfortable to stand on, and it has to look nice while doing all that. While all this can sound like a tall order, there are plenty of ways to go about meeting these needs. Here are some tips to consider when choosing shower tile for your next bathroom renovation.
Go for Coloured, Not Clear, Glass
Glass tile is popular for its jewel-like beauty and the way it can play with light and reflections. This is why it’s popular as a backsplash, for instance. If you want to use glass, it may be best to select coloured tiles rather than clearer options. This is because one of glass's unique strengths—translucency—can be a detriment in a shower, since some clear glass tiles can show moisture trapped beneath. Over time, this can really start to take away from the appearance. Consequently, smaller and coloured glass tile is usually the safer bet.
Big on the Sides, Small on the Floor and Ceiling
The grout lines between tiles can be annoying to clean for some people, even if the grout has been sealed to prevent dirt from building up. A wall with larger tiles has fewer grout lines, which makes for an easier time cleaning. The flip side is that grout adds traction, so smaller tiles can be more useful for the shower floor. If your shower features a sloped ceiling (like in a steam shower), small tiles can help make the slope appear smoother and more graceful. Small tile is also handy when trying to tile along any curves in the wall or floor that might arise from how the bathroom or shower is shaped. If your shower features a bench, consider using large tiles for it as the lower number of grout lines can enhance the comfort.
Mosaic tile can be a beautiful form of shower tile to use in your bathroom renovation, but you need to be careful about the type you use. Ideally, you will make use of mosaic tile that has a minimum of 95% contact with the backboard. Showers are high-humidity, high-temperature, wet environments, and even the best glue can wear down in these conditions, so it's better to need as little trust in your tile's adhesive as possible. Paper or mesh-backed mosaic can be more advantageous here.Strictly speaking, this tip can apply to other tile types as well, but it is more commonly applicable to mosaics.
You may run into situations where the tile of your choice does not offer a comfortable level of slip resistance. In these cases, you can adopt a dual-approach where the first tile frames the main standing area and a second, more grip-friendly tile fills it in. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your tile laying design.
Get Your Top Shower Tiles at Centura Tile
We at Centura Tile have been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large variety of wall and flooring options we have on offer that can help enhance any bathroom or shower space, as well as the expertise of our staff. To learn more about bathroom tiles, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.