Bathroom tiles are available in a surprising number of materials. Ceramic, porcelain, and vinyl tiles come to mind first, and for good reason: they are perhaps the most practical options. But today there are many options, from stone to cork. Learn your options in this guide to the best bathroom tile and your decisions will become a little easier.
1. Vinyl tiles
Vinyl is the most popular bathroom floor material because of its low cost and high level of practicality. It is suitable for every bathroom in the house, from the main bathroom to the guest toilet. Undoubtedly, it outperforms other popular options in terms of safety, comfort, and durability. Almost as important, vinyl tile has come a long way in terms of aesthetics and ease of installation. The material is self-adhesive and can be cut with a utility knife.
Prices start at $ 0.95 per square foot.
2. Ceramic and porcelain tiles
Whether your tastes include stone or wood lookalikes, brightly colored penny tiles, or grid pattern squares, you will likely find that the range of ceramic and porcelain tiles are some of the best for bathroom tile. Like vinyl, ceramics also score points in terms of maintenance, but they are nowhere near as pleasant on the bare foot. Installing underfloor heating helps change this, but a hard surface is hard whether it is warm or not. Ceramic is not as easy to install as vinyl, although it is a task that the adventurous home improvement can do. When ceramic is protected with a high quality glaze, it will resist wear and tear and scratches. Porcelain tile is harder than clay-based tiles and can have a solid body color, a benefit if chipping occurs.
Prices start at around $ 1.09 per square foot.
3. Glass tiles
The aesthetics of a glass floor tile have two advantages: if you cover part of the floor with a thin layer of glass, it creates the illusion of depth and, if tinted, a beautiful stained glass effect. When properly installed, this type of tile will hold up well – only choose textured glass to keep it from slipping. Even small glass tiles with many joints are non-slip. With these tips in mind, consider customizing a shower floor (possibly even on the sides) with tiny glass tile squares for an eye-catching feature in the bathroom.
Note: When buying ceramic, porcelain or glass tiles, make sure that they are suitable for use on floors. Choose ceramic tiles with a grade of 1 or 2 for floors. Ceramic tiles also have a coefficient of friction (COF). For security reasons, choose a rating of .50 or higher. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system counts in reverse. Opt for tiles with at least PEI III.
The prices vary.
4. Stone tiles
Stone tiles were once restricted to the foyer. However, over the past decade, they have become popular in other spaces as well, including the bathroom. Limestone, marble, granite, and slate stone tiles are available in colors that range from creams to blue, red, green, and gold. The textures available are almost as numerous and include variations of crevices, falls, sandblasting, etching, and flames. Stone requires more maintenance than ceramic tile; Regular cleaning and sealing are recommended. In addition, stone is usually more expensive than similar-looking ceramic or porcelain tiles.
The prices vary.
5. Plastic laminate tiles
Plastic laminate tiles (available more often than floorboards) are also a good choice, especially for remodeling. Much like the laminate material that covered kitchen countertops for a generation or two, the tiles don’t add significantly to the height of the existing floor, making it easier to plan room-to-room transitions. While laminate is durable and easy to keep clean, it is not enough in terms of moisture. Standing water can penetrate the core of the fiberboard and cause the material to expand and buckle. This makes it a tile that works better in a half bath than a full bath. With laminates, it’s important to seal gaps in the walls around the toilet and (if you’re in a bathroom) in the tub to keep water out. Another disadvantage: Laminates are not available in the same variety as ceramic and vinyl.
Prices start at $ 0.49 per square foot.
6. Linoleum floor tiles
Linoleum is made from linseed oil, cork powder, wood flour, ground limestone and pigments. It is at home in modern or retro environments and works well in the bathroom. It is touted for naturally inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and repelling dust and dirt while maintaining its color. Click-in-place plank designs make installation easy, and there’s no doubt that the material looks great. The look comes at a cost, however, as linoleum is relatively expensive.
Average price per square foot: $ 4.
7. Cork tiles
Cork floors feel warm and are very gentle on the feet. The tiles are tinted in different colors. Gluing is not difficult, but you can expect multiple coats of polyurethane to be applied to seal the floor and prevent moisture from getting into the subfloor, even if you are buying ready-made tiles. Typically, cork tiles are laid with a spatula adhesive, but click-in-place floating flooring products are also available.
Average price per square foot: $ 2.