So Many Tile Options - Which Should I Choose?

Updated: Jun 28

Have you ever considered what tile you should install in your shower? There are many factors that contribute to both a beautiful and economic shower. Often times, homeowners will make the wrong decision when it comes to deciding what type of tile to get installed – so, how do plan efficiently?

Installing tile comes with a large amount of design and preparation, along with many considerations. One such consideration is the absorption rate, or the rate at which water is absorbed into the material it is contacting. When it comes to tile installation for very high traffic wet areas, such as showers, saunas, or even entryways, it is important to consider what is happening underneath the tile. Tile installation experts recommend tile that is more dense and absorbs less water – which is called impervious tile. This type of tile is often known as porcelain and homogenous tile. It is known for its extremely low absorption rate of .5 percent absorption, whereas it’s competitor, ceramic tile, has an approximate absorption rate of 3 to 6 percent.

Another option to consider is natural stone installation. While the absorption rate in natural stone varies, natural stone is generally more expensive and also requires more maintenance. Experts have also found that marble and granite have extremely low absorption rates, even lower and more impervious than porcelain! With natural stone, it is recommended by experts that the sealant be applied multiple times per year, depending on the amount of traffic.

All in all, there are many considerations when it comes to installing tile or stone for your home. Looking to expand your home projects, and improve your efficiency, look, and appeal? Give Premium Design LLC a call or visit our website for a free consultation today!

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