How to Choose a Shower Tile
When selecting tiles for your shower, there are several factors to consider. For material, you want a tile that is solid, dense, capable of withstanding water and high levels of humidity. You’ll also need to decide if you want to use the same tiling for the entire shower, since tiles that work for the walls may not be best for the floor. The shape and size of your shower may affect your selection as well.
The top materials used for shower tiles are typically porcelain and ceramic. The denser the tile, the less permeable to moisture it is, and the density of porcelain makes it more durable. However, if ceramic tiles are glazed, it increases its resistance to water. With either of these choices, you must ensure they have some slip-resistance if being used for the floor of your shower.
Stone tiles like marble, travertine, slate, and granite are also suitable choices, but are typically more expensive since they offer an upscale, luxury look. They are also more porous, so they should be routinely sealed with a good stone sealer. This will prevent the unpredictable wear of the tiles over time.
When considering the size of your tiles, you have more leeway when it comes to the walls than the floors. For floors, you want to go with a smaller format tile because you want more grout lines to help with traction. It will also make it easier to accommodate the drain and overall shape of the shower.
Whichever tiles you choose, proper cleaning and maintenance will ensure they remain in excellent shape.
To get a better idea of what tiles are best for your shower, visit the Trini Tile showroom located in Vaughan. Browse through our wide selection of premium tiles with help from a knowledgeable representative.