Whether building a new custom home or remodeling an existing bathroom, this might be your first time selecting tile for the shower. You may be surprised to find a wide assortment of tiles, making the selection process overwhelming. Tiles come in ceramic, porcelain, marble, stone, and more. Each material is best suited for different uses and rooms of the house. We have broken down some of the research for you about porcelain tile and why it’s the best choice for shower walls.
Porcelain Tile Fulfills the Job
The first task in choosing the type of tile for your shower is understanding the exact job it needs to accomplish. The bathroom shower is a wet environment, so the tile must withstand direct water contact and frequent moisture. The bathroom shower is a heavy-use area where it sustains a daily onslaught of water, soap, and being touched. The shower tile should be durable and easy to clean, while also having eye appeal and suiting your decorative style. Porcelain tile checks all these boxes, which is why it is often the best choice for shower walls.
Porcelain tile is made from refined clay with a small amount of sand and feldspar, which is then baked in a kiln at a high temperature and pressure. Baking the porcelain at a high temperature results in a tile that is dense, strong, durable, and non-porous. Porcelain tile is scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and waterproof. This tile can be installed anywhere in your home, even outdoors.
The benefits of porcelain are what make it ideal for showers. Porcelain is resistant to moisture and mold growth, it is easy to clean and maintain, and its non-porous quality helps prevent the buildup of mildew and soap scum. When glazed, it has great traction underfoot making it slip-resistant and a safe flooring option for bathrooms.
Porcelain Tile Meets Your Style
While tile must certainly meet a utilitarian function, it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. That’s what makes porcelain a very interesting choice. Because these tiles are manufactured, they can be created in a multitude of designs. The look can emulate wood, marble, stone, or cement. Designs can range from plain, to subtle, or even dramatic. It can come in patterns and mosaics, which can be coupled with other tiles to create striking accent sections. You will find porcelain tiles in various shapes such as traditional rectangular, square, hexagonal, octagonal, or contemporary long plank.
Lastly, you can select a finish for the tile in either matte, polished, high gloss, or textured. Polished porcelain tiles have undergone a polishing process using soluble salts so that the tile is finely honed and smoothed until it bears a high-gloss sheen.
Porcelain Tile Suits Your Budget
Porcelain tiles are much less expensive than marble or stone and can meet even the smallest budget. And with the numerous design styles available, you can create an upscale look for your bathroom on a small budget. However much you spend on the bathroom tile, you still want your investment to last. Porcelain tile is durable enough to sustain decades of high-traffic wear and tear. If installed and maintained well, these tiles can last 50 years or more.
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