There is an abundance of bathroom tile available but not all tiles should be used in wet or damp areas. The most important factor is vitreosity—the tile’s ability to absorb water. Accent areas can be used for nonvirteous tiles but vitreous tiles are perfect for spots prone to splashing. Additionally, glazed tiles are impervious to water while unglazed tiles would be a poor choice. Let’s explore the different types of bathroom tiles.
Ceramic and Porcelain
Both ceramic and porcelain tile are created from a mix of clays which have been pressed into shape and fired in a kiln at very high temperatures. These are ideal for baths but only if glazed and they come in an assortment of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.
Stone tile complements rustic and contemporary bathrooms quite nicely. While stone is generally rough and imperfect it requires a waterproof membrane to endure moisture.
Luminous and elegant, glass tiles comes in an array of stock colors and custom hues. Often used in mosaics or a focal point along walls, glass tiles are impervious to liquids and resist staining.
A natural stone created from limestone, marble has been crushed and heated by the earth for millions of years. Once it is highly polished, marble often looks sophisticated and traditional. Marble is ideal for adding color to a bathroom and can be patterned or veined.
Offering a honed surface and coming in brown, beige or yellow, limestone is perfect for countertops and flooring.
Travertine has been transformed from minerals which have been dissolved in groundwater and pushed through the earth’s crust by water. This multilayer stone comes in earthy tones and adds a hint of sophistication for both walls and floors.