To some, a home’s bathroom is a sanctuary of unrivaled calm and comfort. Others view their bathrooms as high traffic areas in which securing fifteen consecutive minutes to complete an uninterrupted morning routine is more fantasy than reality. No matter whether you view your bathroom as your oasis, the frustratingly small space you’re forced to share with the rest of your family, or somewhere in between, eventually, you’ll need to renovate your bathroom. And while there are many things that you need to consider before tackling a project of this type, there is one choice that is unique to this space, whether or not you should tile your bathroom walls. This article will provide you with a few compelling reasons to do just that.
There’s no argument that a space whose principal functions all involve excessive amounts of moisture and repeated daily use needs to be constructed using quality materials that will not only be able to stand up to the rigors of its environment but can also stave off signs of wear and tear for as long as possible.
Above all, the durability of materials used in a bathroom is important for several reasons, the most obvious being that the materials used should act as a barrier between water and moisture and other home building materials that aren’t so impervious to getting wet. Between the ceramic tiles themselves and the grout used to affix them to the wall, wall tiles form a near impenetrable barrier. Water barrier aside, tile surfaces are manufactured in a way that makes them less likely to chip or crack. This means that if you have one or more children under the age of six who love to play in the tub with a lot of gusto, installing wall tiles throughout your bathroom means you don’t have to worry about an errant splash or bath toy damaging the drywall.
Near Limitless Design Potential
For the style-minded homeowner that relishes the opportunity to push the boundaries of their creativity, ceramic and porcelain tiles provide you with a plethora of unique style options. Not only can you find a tile that can complement an eclectic, rich, cultural aesthetic from a world away, you can just as easily find a locally produced tile that meshes well with your home’s established décor. Tiles come in a variety of shapes from the very small to the very big and are made from all manner of materials such as glass, natural stone, and porcelain. While each size and type of tile extols the virtues of wall tiles, each is also stylistically unique in its own way.
Cost Effective, Particularly Over the Long Term
From the outset of the project, tiling the walls in your bathroom may seem cost prohibitive. When you consider the longevity of the material however, choosing tile over a painted material like drywall is actually a financially sound investment. The quality and durability of wall tile is easy to maintain with minimal effort; if done regularly, tile can last decades. The same simply cannot be said about painted drywall, plaster, or other more porous material that will likely need to be repainted, repaired, or replaced once or several times while you’re living in your home.
Simple to Keep Clean
Moisture imperviousness doesn’t end with water; dirt, soap, and grime will only collect on the outermost surface of the tile, meaning that tile as a material is exceptionally easy to keep clean. Remember that moisture can lead to mold, but mold will generally only spread on porous surfaces. While any store-bought tile cleaner will work just fine to keep your bathroom wall tiles looking good year after year, homemade mixtures using lemon juice or baking soda can work just as well. If you’d rather avoid chemicals and own a steam cleaner, you have everything you need to keep your tiles sparkling.
Tile Simply Cannot be Outdone
Regardless of how busy your bathroom is (or isn’t) there are strong, compelling reasons to opt for tile to be used throughout your bathroom. In fact, most homeowners would be hard pressed to find another material that checks all the boxes. Tile is durable, easy to maintain, is available in exceptionally unique patterns and designs, and, over the long term, is very cost effective. If you’d like to know about why tile may be the right choice for your bathroom walls, contact a local tile distributor today.