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Renovating Your Bathroom? 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Tiles

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Published: 24.03.2017

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Renovating your bathroom can be exciting. A new design can add character to your beloved home and value in the market.

Today, we’re going to give you a little information to help you choose what might be the most important element of your new bathroom.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Tiles for Your Bathroom Renovation

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  1. Style

Bathroom tiles not only come in a variety of colours and sizes, they’re also fabricated from a number of materials.

When choosing the best tile to suit your needs, you first need to decide which tiles will fit your budget. Tiles can vary in price and the material they’re made of will have both unique benefits and drawbacks.

Check out the table below for a quick rundown of the most common styles and their notable characteristics.

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Material TypeProsCons
Glass
  • Ascetically pleasing
  • Can be expensive
  • Difficult to install
Linoleum
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Easy to install
  • Low maintenance

 

  • Easily scratched
  • Can appear yellow under light
Cork
  • Warm
  • Soft under the feet
  • Can absorb water and warp
  • Can crack
  • Can discolour
Vinyl
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Not very attractive
Ceramic and Porcelain
  • Durable
  • Variety in design
  • Difficult to install yourself
Stone
  • Ascetically pleasing
  • Durable
  • Difficult to install
  • Hard to replace
  • Cold
Plastic Laminate
  • Easy to install
  • Affordable
  • Susceptible to moisture damage
  1. Choose the Easiest Tiles to Clean

Everybody loves a fabulous modern look, but hardly anyone loves to clean. Make sure you select tiles to make your life a little easier in the future.

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Larger slabs are easier to wipe clean than smaller mosaic tiles, which can make that spotless look a bit of a pipedream (see what we did there?).

Tiles that are more porous may increase the likelihood of mould and bacteria build up, which can lead to illness for your family.

To be safe, ensure you’re having your tiles and grouting cleaned professionally a couple times a year.

  1. Slip Proof

Texture is also important, as slippery surfaces can be a real hazard.

Choosing smaller tiles for the flooring in your shower may improve traction. It’s always best to ask your supplier to suggest the best tile for the safety of your family.

  1. Don’t Go Overboard

It’s understandable you’re excited to turn your bathroom into the renovation of your dreams, but remember, you can have too much of a good thing.

As a rule of thumb, stick to a maximum of three different types of tile to avoid spoiling the aesthetics.

Splash out on what will be the feature tile, then select your accessorising tiles to suit.

  1. Keep Spares on Hand

After the renovation you should have the perfect looking bathroom to end the story. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world and there may be more to come in this story.

Accidents do happen and if somehow one or more of your tiles were damaged, you may find it difficult to find an exact replacement.

Prepare for disaster and purchase a few more tiles than you need.

Keep the reserves in your garage for emergencies and avoid having to replace a cracked tile with one that’s clearly out of place.

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