Your Guide to Bathroom Tiling
Whether you are looking for a bathroom or kitchen tiling, Ian’s Property Maintenance can help you out. Tiling is a staple part of our complete property maintenance service, which also includes brickwork, plastering, painting and flooring.
If this is the first time you are having an area of your home tiled, we’ve put together this handy guide so you can get a better idea of what’s involved in the installation process.
Choose Light Colours – White, off-white or light colours can make your room feel spacious.
Look at the Bigger Picture – Ask yourself how the bathroom tile will feel? Will you have a shower bench? When using tile in a shower, a slab or larger piece of tile feels better to sit on than smaller tile. If you want to add more safety to your shower also consider having bathroom grab bars installed.
Think Diagonally – If you’ve got a smaller bathroom, having tiles placed in a diagonal pattern can give the illusion of a larger room.
Size Matters – If you choose large bathroom tiles then you must maintain a minimum grout joint width of 3/16 inch. Also, make sure there is at least 90 per cent mortar contact below the tiles as their larger size makes them more prone to cracking.
Grout Lines – Want a mosaic bathroom tile design? You will need to have more grout lines but one way to minimise the grid-like mosaic tile is to use a grout tinted to look like the tile’s colour.
Staying Power – For mosaic bathroom tile you will need to choose one that offers at least 95 per cent contact from the tile to the backer board. This is to keep the tile from slipping on the wall with glue often not strong enough.
The Power of Three – If you are looking to mix up your tile pattern, we would recommend no more than three tiles that share the same colour palette. Using more than three tile colours can become a distraction to the eye and become difficult to place.
Low Maintenance Tiles – If you’re looking for low maintenance bathroom tiles, we would suggest having porcelain or ceramic. Tiles made from natural stone need more upkeep since they are more porous.
Slippery When Wet – Glass bathroom tiles make for a great wall or accent tile but are extremely slippery when wet. We would suggest not using glass tiles on floors, especially in bathrooms with a shower or bathtub. Clear glass bathroom tiles also show moisture trapped inside of them.
Go Universal – For bathroom tiles that look great for a long period pick one larger neutral colour tile for installation as this will be easier to maintain plus it will make your room look much bigger.
Choose a Single Accent Piece – Choosing one bathroom tiling design as an accent gives your bathroom a timeless look.