When redecorating your bathroom tiles have a huge impact. They can blend seamlessly into the rest of your décor or act as a bold statement. With thousands of tiles available on the market choosing the right shape, colour, and style for your shower can be overwhelming. Furthermore, will you want a tile that works in both the shower and on the floor? Are you creating a wet room? Do you require extra slip resistance? There are so many questions to ask yourself before selecting the correct tile for your shower. Fortunately, this blog post will help you focus on the things that matter so you can make the best decision for your needs.
What tile material is best for a shower?
The majority of tiles you come across when planning your renovation will be either ceramic, porcelain or natural stone. Each has its own unique properties that we will cover below.
The most accessible and affordable bathroom solution is ceramic tiles. They’re suitable for low traffic areas, so showers are no problem. Ceramic tiles are not as hardwearing as porcelain tiles, but they are equally as easy to keep clean. If you’re looking for tiles to be laid on floors and walls, then ceramic tiles would be an ideal choice. However, when browsing ceramic tiles keep an eye on which ones would be suitable for flooring as not all styles are.
You cannot go wrong with using porcelain tiles on your shower wall or floor. They are much tougher than ceramic tiles due to their density and are very simple to look after. Whilst they do have a higher price point, they are superior to ceramic tiles.
Natural stone tiles
There are a variety of different natural stone tiles available, however, not all would be suited for use in a shower. In some cases, they are a little more difficult to look after too, and expensive. Slate is slip-resistant so is a great choice for a shower. But the dark tones can be overpowering, and the tiles will need sealing. Marble is a fantastic choice but expect a premium price point. Limestone is a popular choice for en suites as it cannot stand heavy traffic and will also need to be sealed.
What tiles offer the best slip resistance?
Most of us consider style before practicality when redecorating. However, with the potential for slipping in bathrooms, it can pay to be mindful of safety. If you can find a tile that is both attractive and slip-resistant, you’re on to a winner.
Ceramic tiles are notoriously slippery but can be used on floors. It is not recommended to use ceramic tiles for shower or bathroom flooring for this reason unless you opt for special ceramic tiles with slip resistance. There is no reason why you cannot use ceramic tiles on the walls of your shower or bathroom.
Not all porcelain tiles are slip-resistant. However, Ferreira’s have a vast collection of safe porcelain tiles, including the R+PTV collection. PTV stands for pendulum test value, this is a measure of how slip-resistant a surface is. All the tiles in our R+PTV range have a minimum slip resistance of 36 – this provides excellent slip-resistance even when wet and is the highest PTV value. These porcelain tiles can be used around swimming pools for safety, so they can certainly provide the best slip resistance for your shower or bathroom.
We are continually adding to our range of collections, so much so that sometimes we may have more than what is showcased on our website. You will be able to see our current collections, as well as those which have not made it to our website yet by booking an appointment. Currently, we have a huge 200+ tiles to view in a variety of colours, finishes, shapes and sizes.