Everyone knows the saying, “A New Year, A New You”, but what about in the home? This year, even though pockets are tight, there is still an unspoken need to revamp the home front and create a statement on a dime. With this in mind, it only makes sense that consumers are steering more towards low maintenance, high durability floors which means tile, tile, and more tile!
Tile flooring has been evolving for many years, and it continues to offer many exciting new options in 2018. Easy to maintain and beautiful to look at, the colors, patterns and styles can set the tone for any space they grace. Many designers are going even further to create unique interest and designs on walls through tiling.
Tile, like wood, is a classic flooring choice that people love having in their homes. With well sealed grout, it’s easy to keep clean, and it’s impervious to water, making it the perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Natural stone floors bring a sort of organic beauty to your home that no other flooring material can duplicate. Whether slate, granite, marble, quartz, limestone or travertine, natural stone flooring is always stylish, whatever direction your tastes run — modern, traditional or rustic, etc. According to Better Homes and Gardens, their cool, hard surface is a natural choice for warm climates, and certain types of stone flooring are extremely practical for areas like kitchens, foyers or bathrooms. Their biggest asset though is their variation. No two pieces of stone are exactly alike, and the differences give them a depth that’s hard to match with anything else. Some considerations:
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.