If you are planning on installing floor or wall tiles for wet areas of your home such as the bathroom or kitchen, or the outdoors, there are certain materials that work best. It’s important to choose tiles that doesn’t soak up water and that is easy to clean and maintain. The best options for wet areas are porcelain or ceramic floor tiles, sheet vinyl, and natural stone. Here’s what you need to know about these tile options!
Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Porcelain tile is a very popular option for areas in the home such as showers and bathtubs. It is also popularly used in outdoor areas like pools. The material is highly resistant to water, which makes it a durable option for these areas. Just like porcelain, ceramic tile is also non-porous. The only downside to these tiles is that the grouted seams between them can stain over time, and may need cleaning every so often. When considering flooring for wet areas in your house, make sure that you choose unglazed porcelain mosaic or unglazed matte tile due to the danger of slips when the tiles are wet. Some stunning examples of porcelain and ceramic tiles include Coralstone, Nest, and Stark.
Vinyl: Sheet, Plank, or Tile
While tile is the common option for wet areas, sheet vinyl is actually more durable against water. Sheet vinyl is not recommended for your floors, but it’s a great option for walls in typically wet areas like the bathroom. It is a 100% waterproof solid surface, and the joints between them provide a tight seal to prevent water from seeping in. Magnitude, Fresh Start, and UltraCeramic are just a few examples of the durable vinyl tiles you can find. The great part about this material is that it is both functional and customizable—you can work with a variety of designs that suit your interior home decor or exterior design.
The final option for wet area flooring is natural stone. Like porcelain tile, it can achieve a rich, textured, solid feeling that is also waterproof and fairly affordable. It’s a great option, especially for exterior spaces, as it gives the home an elegant and solid look. Make sure to invest in a sealer for the stone so that the stone doesn’t get discoloured from soap and shampoo. Stone tiles come in a variety of looks and styles, so you can work it into your decor. Europa is just one example of natural stone tile that provides the perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and functionality.
Choose the Right Flooring for Wet Areas at Centura Tile
If you’re looking for unique and beautiful tiles for your bathroom, kitchen, pool, or other wet areas around your home, you can get sound advice from the experts at Centura Tile. We have been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large selection of tile patterns, textures and designs we offer. At all of our North American locations, our product range includes high-quality flooring sheet vinyl, laminate, tile, porcelain, and carpet, among a vast array of additional products. We also supply the installation tools and products you need to get the job done yourself. We work closely with architects, designers, contractors, floor covering dealers, and home centres to give you the best customer service. To learn more about waterproof flooring options for your home, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.