Ceramic Bathrooms - What a match!
Regardless of what the “Top 10 Trends” say, glass tile in your bathroom isn’t really new. It’s still glass. Why not take a break from the norm and consider one of the many, many other viable options? What other option could there be you ask? What could possible stand up to daily use and maintain a timeless, long lasting aesthetic? The answer isn’t as far fetched as you might be expecting. It’s ceramic!
Of course! Why not? Glass has always been considered due to its low maintenance. This is mainly because it is so easy to clean and the very important ability to withstand varying levels of exposure to moisture. But ceramic is capable of all these things as well while, at the same time, offering more than just different sizes, shapes, or colors. Ceramic tile comes in beautiful natural patterns, digitally printed designs, and even wood or stone look finishes. Ceramic suddenly has become the most versatile tile in your arsenal of options when it comes to improving your home.
Ceramic - The Material
As a material, ceramic is ideal for bathrooms. It can be both hygienic and waterproof; making it extremely durable, stain resistant, and incredibly easy to clean. It’s as simple as spray and wipe. Of course… like all other materials, not all ceramic is created equal. You should always check the manufacturer specifications and consult a professional to be sure that your choice is a suitable option for the environment you are installing in.
In the case of a bathroom, your glazed ceramic is ideal. The glazing of the ceramics surface creates a highly water resistant layer to protect your installation from the day to day exposure to moisture in your bathroom. But protecting your tile goes beyond the individual pieces themselves. Sealing your grout is a crucial step after it has cured. This ensures that it too remains impervious to any of the water and moisture it gets exposed to alongside your ceramic tile. Remember, you’re only as strong as your weakest part. In this case that's the grout. Protect your installation, protect your grout, otherwise it all might literally eventually fall apart.
Good quality and properly maintained ceramic won’t stain and won’t fade. It can provide a solid amount of grip on floors with a matte finish, provide glamorous appeal when gloss finishes are used on walls, and also can be cut to almost any shape. As well as be installed in any pattern, be used on both floors and walls, and even allow for heated solutions. Honestly the list goes on and on.
With technical details out of the way, you can now focus on what it all narrows down to. Aesthetic. A tile you don’t like is of no use to you regardless of how functionally ideal it may be for your purpose. This is where ceramic far outshines glass tile or mosaics. It can come in almost any color, digital designs of any kind can be printed onto its surface, it can mimic the appearance of other materials such as stone and wood down to the smallest details such as texture or patterns. There’s almost nothing it can’t do when compared to traditional glass tile for your bathroom. That’s without even mentioning the most basic and obvious benefit of ceramic tile when compared to glass. It can, in most applications, be used on your floors. Glass, of course, can be used on your floors as well, but not in the majority of its applications.
Your end result could be a bathroom with stone look walls, slate colored floors, and a bath surrounded with a neutral wall tile - and it could all be made from the same material: ceramic. The real question comes when you compare glass and ceramic tile for your bathrooms side by side. It’s not why should you use ceramic instead. The question is now why shouldn’t you?