Of all the rooms in your house, your bathroom is the place where surfaces must endure the most exposure to moisture, temperature fluctuations and everything that comes with these assaults. The kitchen is a close second, of course.
That in mind, when choosing your flooring, you’ll want to go with something that’s safe, water and mildew resistant, easy to maintain, versatile and cost effective. Many types of flooring out there meet some or even most of these, but few check every box completely.
This is possible with ceramic tile, though. Using ceramic tile, you have a vast array of aesthetic choices, and you can build a safe, durable, easy-to-clean bathroom that can really express you and your family, or be timeless (a great strategy for resale value).
Let’s take a look at these six key aspects of ceramic tile and why they matter.
Wet bathroom floors – something that happens daily, no matter how many mats you put down – cause more accidents in the home than just about anything else you can name. Many flooring types can be very dangerous when wet – super slippery to say the least. Ceramic tile, however, can be made to have a non-slip surface, even when there’s an inch of water standing on it.
This is possible thanks to modern, high-tech manufacturing practices that allow ceramics to have solid traction against any kind of spill aside from perhaps some oils So effective is this technology at slip resistance that it’s even excellent for a consistent floor on into a shower stand.
Water Resistance is Key
Water itself can do lasting damage to floors and walls that aren’t implemented properly. Ceramic is not an absorbent material by nature. If you provide a consistent wall-to-wall coverage, you can be sure that water won’t seep into the subfloor or under the baseboards to cause expensive damage.
Prevention of Mold and Mildew
Being non-absorbent, ceramic tile is excellent for preventing mold and mildew. Ceramic tile contains no organic compounds, no harmful chemicals or allergens, and is very difficult for mold or mildew to take hold on. This makes it a very health-positive material to use.
Easy to Maintain
Tile is also very easy to maintain. The fact that it doesn’t absorb most things means it’s easy to wipe clean with standard products. This goes even further for that mold and mildew prevention mentioned above. The only difficulty may be grout, which can stain if the wrong type is used in your bathroom.
Lots of modern ceramics even hold up against abrasive cleaners and pads.
Of course, one of the biggest points in favor of ceramic tile is the diversity you have at your fingertips. There are a host of different shapes and styles, from standard square and rectangle tile, to hexagonal, subway tile, dimensional tile (with a raised texture), graphic print tile, and even some unique new shapes that only recently became possible.
You can achieve any look you want, from timeless or modern, to unique and memorable, thanks to the diversity of ceramics as a material.
Finally, ceramic is a very cost-effective material to use. It’s durable, long-lasting, and has minimal yearly maintenance overhead. It practically lasts forever if you take proper care of it.
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