Why We Recommend Porcelain for Shower Tile

At our tile stores in Hialeah and the rest of South Florida, we often help people find the perfect shower tile for their project. Time and time again, we’ve found that porcelain’s many positive qualities make it a great choice. 

Today, we’d like to discuss why porcelain is such a great choice. We’ll also explain how to find the right tile for your shower!

Why Porcelain’s a Great Choice for Showers 

Porcelain has many of the qualities you need in shower tile: 

  • Non-Porousness – Given the amount of moisture present in showers, porcelain’s non-porousness is essential. 
  • Slip Resistance – The tile industry offers slip resistance ratings to let you know exactly how safe it is to step on a tile while it’s wet. 
  • Mold and Mildew Resistance – You don’t have to worry about mold or mildew growing on porcelain. 
  • Durability – Porcelain lasts for many years, which means you won’t have to worry about redoing your shower in the near future! 
  • Design Versatility – On top of all the other factors, it’s important to note that tile can have a variety of different appearances. 

Many of these qualities are useful throughout the home, but they’re especially important in showers, where many other materials aren’t suitable. Can you imagine trying to carpet a shower? 

Porcelain’s versatility also has the advantage of making it useful throughout a space. If you want to, you can use it for the rest of the bathroom floor, the backsplash, or even in other areas of your home. 

How to Choose the Right Tile 

When choosing tile, you first want to take all practical considerations into account. 

This means making sure you’ve found a product that has the slip resistance you need. Specifically, you’ll want tile with a rating of IW+, which stands for Interior, Wet Plus. This sort of tile is designed to be wet while in use. 

You’ll also want to decide how to tile your walls and flooring. Some homeowners choose different tiles for the shower floor and the shower wall, in which case you’ll want to find tiles that work well together. You can also use the same tile for both the walls and shower flooring, provided you choose a non-slippery surface.  

Depending on your household, it may even be a good idea to tile your shower ceiling. As our friends at WhyTile point out, it’s easy for someone tall to accidentally get the ceiling wet.  Tile ceilings are also a good idea if the shower is especially humid, or even if you simply like the way they look. 

Along with taking practical considerations into account, you also want to find a tile that fits your vision. The ability to print nearly any image on porcelain glaze is essential here, but first, you have to determine what you would like! 

If you’re redoing a shower, the tile present throughout the rest of your home needs to be considered. If you’re designing a whole new bathroom, the sky’s the limit! In this case, we’ll be happy to discuss the many available options with you and help you visualize what your perfect bathroom would look like.

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Do you have any questions about what we can do for you? Would you like to schedule a consultation to speak with a tile expert at one of our stores? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re excited to hear from you!