What To Know About Tile Flooring In Your Bathroom

When it comes to bathroom remodels, there are a few limitations that you need to consider. Most importantly, since there is so much moisture in a bathroom, you can't use certain materials for your surfaces. That is, you want your bathroom to be clad in water-resistant and safe surface. From tempered glass shower doors that don't shatter to flooring that will not absorb water, a lot of the components that you install in your bathroom will need to be specially designed, and they might still require more maintenance than the surfaces in other rooms of your home. This is definitely true about tile floors. This article runs you through the most important things that you should know if you are considering installing tile in your bathroom.

Why Tile?

Most people are interested in tile floors in their bathrooms because it is a luxurious upgrade. That is, new tile is an upgrade from vinyl or linoleum flooring. Tile flooring can add class and value to your home. Also, since bathrooms usually have less square footage than other rooms in your home, it is a cost-effective upgrade. Tile is also a fun way to add color to your room. With tile, there are so many colors and shapes to choose from that you can really give your room a dramatic and unique look. There are no limits with tile.

Owning Tile

The biggest thing you need to worry about when owning a tile bathroom floor is the maintenance. With any tile surface, the grout lines are going to be the weakest point. The actual tiles will probably have a glaze or finish that repels water. You really just need to worry about the water absorbing through the grout lines and getting the surface beneath wet. This can corrode the mortar that is supposed to hold the tiles in place and compromise the integrity of the entire floor. So, this means that grout lines in a bathroom need to be regularly sealed. How often you need to reseal your grout depends on the thickness and composite of your grout lines. Thicker lines need to be sealed more often. In general, to be safe in a bathroom environment, bathroom grout lines should be resealed every year. If you don't do this, you are also likely to see soap scum and mold grow in the grout lines.

If you properly seal your grout lines, tile can be a great material for your bathroom floor. If you are interested in bathroom remodeling, contact a remodeling contractor in your area.