Choosing tile for your shower isn’t as straight-forward as you might think. Some considerations are slip-resistance, the shape of the shower (curved versus straight lines), and even the mineral content of your water.
Making the right tile choices for your shower definitely requires a little forethought and planning. Consider the following when making your decision:
Mosaic tiles have lots of grout lines, meaning it’s more slip resistant than many larger-scale tiles. If you prefer a large-scale tile, look for one with a good slip-resistance rating — an A or a B rating is preferable. Bear in mind, too, that if you’re using glass or a sheet-type mosaic tile, it’s up to the manufacturer or retailer to let you know if the tile is acceptable for submersion.
Handling the Curves
If your shower has a curved bench, consider using small tile, which works better on curves. A curved edge on a shower bench feels more comfortable on the back of your legs when you sit, so if your shower bench has straight angles, use a bull-nose or radius-edge tile for the sake of comfort.
Consider the Cleaning Aspect
If you’re not a fan of cleaning your shower, use larger slabs or glass panels, since they’re easier clean than small mosaic tiles.
Using Two Different Tile Sizes
If you like the look of a larger-scale tile on the walls, but prefer a small-scale mosaic or pebble tile on the floor for better traction, frame the floor with the large-scale tile to unify the two sizes. This also adds interest to a simple shower.
If you favor a spa-like feeling in your shower, consider small glass tiles, like you’d find in a pool. Stick with a smaller size with glass tiles, though, since larger glass tiles can show trapped moisture and ruin the look of a shower in short order!
Tile is a classic shower material that works beautifully in all kinds of bathroom showers from modern to rustic to traditional! Visit Flooring Innovations in Palm Springs or Palm Desert, California for a great selection of tile and a staff of professionals who are happy to guide you in selecting the right tile for your shower, your bathroom, and anywhere you want the ease, beauty and durability of tile!