What Type Of Tile To Choose For Kitchen And Bathroom Renovation Projects?

Maybe not a "million dollar" question but certainly, it can cost you a bundle if you choose the wrong answer.  Don't we all hate that when we have a difficult decision to make and all we have is not an answer but a whole bunch of more questions to answer? Yes, most of us do. But let's think about that for a second, as if we are ordering a pizza or a sandwich from one of those food delivery apps and we simply have to choose what type of bread or how thick we want the pizza crust, toppings, dressings etc. if we don't answer those questions with patiently and honesty, yes we will get a pizza pie or a sandwich in the end but trust me, we won't enjoy it and perhaps we may not even touch it at all. When we are thinking of renovating our kitchen or bathroom, we have more questions to answer before we get the right answer to choosing the right tile for the project.

We all know that kitchens and bathrooms are notoriously wet places due to their nature of purpose but not every part of bathrooms and kitchens exposed to water or other liquids equally.  Without a doubt, shower base floor is the most water-exposed spot of all therefore, when it comes to shower flooring, we should think porcelain tiles or mosaics with non-skid options. If our project is a kitchen back-splash project then our options are wide open since the water exposure of a kitchen backsplash is relatively less water exposed but obviously more exposed to grease and other elements.

 

 Material Scratches & Stain Resistance Water Resistance Installation Difficulty Cost Per SQ FT.

Ceramic Tile

Medium  Medium/High Medium/Low Medium/Low

Cement Tile (Hand Made) 

Medium/ Low Medium/ Low
Medium/High
Medium/High

 Zellige Tile (Hand Made)

Medium/ High Medium/ High
Medium/ Low
Medium

Marble Tile

Medium
Medium/ High
Medium/ High
Medium/ High

 

Above is a table of certain characteristics comparison between various materials (based on our own experiences) such as Ceramic Subway Tile, Porcelain Tile, Cement Tile , Moroccan Zellige Tile and Marble Tile.

Let’s not forget that it may be possible to enhance the characteristic of those materials by applying some sealants, protective chemicals etc. Such as Dry-treat Intensifia & Stain-Proof.

What ever your battle ground of “renovation” may be, keep in mind that your options are only limited with your imagination. Happy renovation season folks!