Choosing Floor Tiles for Your Bathroom

Bathroom floor tiles are an important piece of home finishing and decoration. It is required to take special considerations while choosing these tiles, and the environment in bathrooms are quite different from other parts of the house. Often covered in water and moisture, floor tiles in bathrooms would need special characteristics to endure the environment for a long service life. Here are a few tips for choosing the right floor tiles for your bathroom.

  1. Pick one with low water absorption rate. Generally, floor tiles with high quality have low water absorption rate and can dry out very fast. If the tiles have high water absorption rate, the shape and size might be altered as the temperature changes to lead to cracks or even tiles peeling off. This is especially important in areas with high temperature variations throughout the year. If the water absorption rate is not specified, you can use tea or water droplets on the back of the tile. After a few minutes, check the degree of diffusion of the water droplets. The less water it absorbs, the lower the water absorption rate and the better the quality.
  2. Choose tiles with high texture density. When purchasing ceramic tiles, you can observe from the side whether the tile surface is flat and whether there are pinholes with uneven thickness. At the same time, you can tap the tiles to hear whether the sound is crisp. The crisper the sound, the higher the texture density and the better the hardness of the tile.
  3. Go for a non-slip texture. Bathroom floor tiles should always have surfaces with a non-slip texture. Customers are always recommended with ones matte or rugged surfaces to make sure the bathroom floor is not slippery while being wet, which probably occurs very often.
  4. Avoid large-sized floor tiles. The bathroom floor tiles are generally made of whole body bricks, which have good anti-skid and wear resistance. Even if the bathroom is spacious, it still is generally much smaller than other rooms and has lots of coners where floor tiles need to be cut or re-shaped. Large tiles will lead to incovinience while installing and waste caused by the cutting required.