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What Floor Tiles for Bathrooms Should You Use?

When designing your bathroom, consideration of the materials you use for it is key in ensuring that your bathroom performs exactly as needed, with minimal mess or fuss. As such, when choosing floor tiles for bathrooms, careful planning and foresight is needed. After all, the bathroom is a room where the environment is highly variable. It can be hot and humid in one half hour, and suddenly cold and draughty in the next half hour. There are also dozens of chemicals laying around that may damage certain tile types.

What Floor Tiles for Bathrooms Should You Use?

In general tiles are a solid choice for decorating your bathroom. Floor tiles for bathrooms come in a wide variety of shapes, designs and materials making them highly versatile, in addition to being very cheap and easy to install. Laying down tiles is very much a beginner’s skill in DIY decoration, as such you should experience few difficulties in installation. It just requires good planning and preparation, no technical skill or tools.

First and foremost, what tile should you not use? The answer is wooden floor tiles. Simply put, wooden tiles are too absorbent and too susceptible to chemicals for consideration as a floor tile for a bathroom. So if for some absurd reason you’re thinking of using one, don’t. It’ll save you much hassle later.

The more common materials used for floor tiles for bathrooms are plastic, ceramic, stone, porcelain and glass (mosaic). These are because of their mutually shared advantages with regards to the unique environment presented when decorating a bathroom. All are waterproof, all are resistant to chemicals often found in the bathroom and all are good at withstanding varying temperatures and humidity. However there are some things to consider with them as well.

Plastic, glazed ceramic, porcelain and glass, for example, tend to have very smooth and glossy surfaces. As such, if you use them as floor tiles you should be careful of slipping on them with wet feet, which could lead to injury or, in extreme cases, a rather ignoble death. Meanwhile ceramics and porcelain can also be quite fragile and prone to shattering under force, whereas glass tiles may acquire unsightly scratches.

You should also be aware of temperature variances. With the exception of plastic, which is quite good at insulating heat, most ceramic or stone floor tiles can become very cold when the temperature drops, which may make them uncomfortable to walk on during winter. As people are often barefoot when in the bathroom, this may present a minor annoyance.

Cost is also a factor to consider. In general plastics are the cheapest to buy, whereas stone and glass are the more expensive floor tile type.

For more information about floor tiles for bathrooms, or else to browse their extensive online catalogue, visit the website of Crown Tiles. You can also contact them directly by phoning 0800 156 0756.

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