Choosing the Best Tile for Your Custom Shower
Tile is a popular choice for Phoenix Arizona homes thanks to its ability to withstand temperature extremes and to resist water damage and scratching. It’s also a popular choice for bathrooms throughout the country thanks to its beautiful look and the aforementioned water damage resistance.
When you put together your custom shower, you have the opportunity to create something really special with the tile design. Here are a few tips for how to create the best tile design for your custom shower:
You can actually use any type of tile in showers, including ceramic tile, porcelain, stone and glass. However, when you are choosing tile for the floor, you want to choose something that is slip-resistant and that is highly impervious to water. No tile is totally impervious to water, but some tile is more porous than others. You want to choose tile that is not very porous.
Glazed tile is not a good choice for shower floors because it is slippery. Tiles that have a matte surface or a bit of texture to them will be a better choice since they will offer more grip.
The size of tile is a big consideration when selecting the design for your custom tile shower in Phoenix. If you have a smaller shower, large tile will seem disproportionate, and some patterns won’t be possible. Meanwhile, if you have a very large shower, smaller tile can take much longer to install and can cost more money.
The size of the tile also affects the functionality of the shower. For example, you won’t be able to use tile larger than six inches in most standard showers because these tiles won’t accommodate the slope that is required for proper drainage. Typically, you will need tiles smaller than four inches. Smaller tile may also be necessary to accommodate curves and angles.
Smaller tiles also improve the grip in the shower. Smaller tiles require more grout lines, which feel like sandpaper and provide more traction.
Tile is a popular option because it is low maintenance. However, certain patterns will require more cleaning. For example, smaller tile that has more grout lines will likely have to be cleaned more frequently. Water and dirt will settle into the grout and cause staining.
Even if you have a smaller shower that will benefit from smaller tile on the floors, you may want to consider using a larger tile on the walls so you don’t have to clean it as often. Just beware of larger glass tile, as moisture can show up behind the tile, where you can’t clean it.
Choosing the right tile type and design can enhance the look of your custom shower. Desert Tile and Grout Care in Arizona offers professional tile cleaning services in Phoenix to ensure that your custom shower design stays looking beautiful as long as possible. Our tile cleaning services include routine maintenance as well as deep cleaning for neglected and stained tile. No matter what type of tile you have in your shower and no matter what condition it is in, we offer tile cleaning services that will get a deep clean while preserving the natural beauty of the tile. Call us today to learn more about our tile shower cleaning services in Arizona.July 28, 2015