Your bathroom floor is an object of both fashion and function. The floor tile you use will govern the overall style and mood of the room and form a key part of shaping its overall aesthetic. At the same time, your choice of bathroom tile must be able to withstand the environmental rigors of such a locale as well as be easy to maintain and clean. When deciding what tile to use for your bathroom interior, a good way to begin is by comparing the pros and cons of different tile types. In this way, you can see how the properties of each tile can potentially fit into your needs.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Ceramic tile is both durable and water-resistant, which makes it useful for the area around bathtubs or showers or even within the shower itself. The surface is also very solid, which makes cleaning easier. From the style end of things, using ceramic as a bathroom tile lets you take advantage of square, octagonal, or hexagonal shapes as well as different textures and visual appearances.
If the ceramic tile is not textured, it can be slippery. Smaller tiles, due to the grout, do not have this problem as much, which may matter depending on the type of tile design you want to use. Ceramic can also be cold, which may affect comfort when entering the bathroom first thing in the morning with bare feet.
Porcelain is part of the ceramic "family" and everything about ceramic described above also applies if you are considering porcelain for your floor tile. The main difference is that porcelain tiles have different water absorption. Porcelain has a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone offers a unique, high-class appeal for your bathroom interior that is on the top end of both fashion and function. In addition to its impressive visual appearance, natural stone has few problems with moisture. Regardless of whether your tile is made of marble, granite, or limestone, natural stone tile can be quite impregnable in the face of water.
Like ceramic tile, natural stone can be both slippery and cold. Like ceramic, texturing the tile can help deal with the slipperiness but it also impacts how the tile will appear on the floor. Another potential issue is that natural stone is one of the more expensive tile types.
Vinyl tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors because it is very DIY-friendly and can be installed over a single weekend. The tiles are also engineered towards comfort and are not as hard or cold as some other options. In terms of style, there is little limit to the kind of patterns and designs that can be created with vinyl flooring. You can find attractive stone and wood-look vinyl tile that is difficult to distinguish from the real thing. The tiles are also made from waterproof materials, so they are effective in moisture-rich environments.
Vinyl is not as resistant to wear and tear as other tiles, though this is counteracted somewhat by the ease with which individual tiles can be pulled up and replaced. It is also important not to confuse vinyl tile with sheet vinyl. Sheet vinyl rolls out with minimal—sometimes no—seams for water to slip through. Vinyl tile, on the other hand, can sometimes leave seams where seepage between tiles can occur depending on the installation method.
Given that laminate flooring is a plank of resin-infused paper on a wood base, you might be surprised to know that it can work well as a bathroom floor tile. The top layer of the laminate is known as the "wear layer" for good reason—some brands are known to stay durable and strong for up to 30 years. In terms of water resistance, the laminate tiles with glued-in seams are good at keeping moisture away from cracks in the floorboards. Stylistically, laminate is popular for its ability to mimic the appearance of more expensive or higher-maintenance surfaces like oak, cherry, or other types of wood and natural stone.
Not all laminate uses glued-in seams. Some types simply lock into place. While convenient, this also creates more seams for water to slip through. If water does make it beneath the surface, no amount of glue will prevent the under layer from beginning to blister or warp.
Getting Top Bathroom Flooring at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large variety flooring options we have on offer that can work great in any bathroom interior. At any one of our stores across Toronto, the GTA, and beyond, you can expect to find beautiful bathroom tile options such as:
- Caprice (Ceramic)
- Hexatile (Ceramic)
- Emotion (Ceramic)
- Maltese (Porcelain)
- Motion (Porcelain)
- Marble - Europa Collection (Natural Stone)
- ...and more!
To learn more about bathroom flooring options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.