It is finally time for that shower installation or renovation. You are looking forward to changing the look and feel of your shower and your bathroom as a whole. As a homeowner and shower user, there are two rather major factors to examine when making your tile choice:
• Moisture – By its very nature, the shower contends with an exceptionally high amount of water and residual moisture. The moisture absorption rate should be acknowledged in evaluating a tile selection.
• Maintenance – Some homeowners are vigilant about regular maintenance, while others are more lackadaisical. Some tile materials require more attention than others. Your tile choice should also fit your housekeeping lifestyle.
Now that you have thought about moisture and maintenance, it is time to start looking at tile materials. Both porcelain and natural stone are popular trends for shower tiles.
Porcelain is a very specific kind of ceramic tile. According to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) a tile is considered porcelain and certified as such if it has a water absorption rate of 0.5%. This water absorption is related to the denseness and low porosity of the porcelain clay. Thus being virtually impervious to water, porcelain is an ideal candidate as a shower tile with very little maintenance required.
Natural stone can be pricier than other tile options. It tends to require higher maintenance, and often is more easily damaged than other materials. When used in a shower, or other environment with a high level of moisture, natural stone is often pretreated and finished, and requires regular resealing (often yearly) to maintain its beauty and prevent mildew. Some natural stone shower tile recommendations include limestone, onyx, slate, travertine, marble, and sandstone.
Both porcelain and natural stone come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. They both can be cut to create custom designs in your shower design. Contact the experts at Melcer Tile to discuss which tile fits your design aesthetic and lifestyle.