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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2014

What is the best tile for a bathroom floor?

I want to have a bathroom floor retiled. What is the best kind of tile for a bathroom?

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You can't beat porcelain tile for durability and stain resistance. If you are talking about the only bathroom in the house or one on a fist floor used by those coming in with possible sand or dirt on their shoes that would be my only choice. You can generally get away with a ceramic tile floor in the masterbath as you do not track that sort of thing in. It almost seems like poreclain has taken over the floor tile selection anyway though. If stains are a worry pay attention to the size of the tile as even with additives for stain resistance the tile grout is where the cleaning problem is.


Answered 5 years ago by ContractorDon


I agree with ContractorDon and personally I like porcelain tile very much for its look, available color and pattern options, and durability. Some additional concerns to consider about the bathroom floor job:

1- If you're in a part of the country that gets cold, you may want to put in an electric floor heating unit prior to the new tile. Some of the newer systems are incredibly flexible as to layout, and the difference in cooler months is amazing.

2- Grout! Newer formulations do a far better job than older ones of sealing out dirt and stains. And they come in a huge breadth of colors to contrast with or compliment the tile.

3- Tile size and placement. Labor costs can vary significantly depending on how you decide you want your tile. The larger the tile, the cheaper the install in general since there is less grout and fewer tiles to lay. However, any of the following will increase the amount of labor hours: placing the floor tiles on the diagonal (requires many more tiles to be cut), any inset tile (more cuts, usually).

4- If your floor is not as flat and smooth as you'd like for whatever reason after taking off the old tile, differences may be made up in a number of ways, but the end result should be a flat surface with no tile edges higher than any other one to prevent trips or falls. One way I've seen done successfully on uneven floors is to use a leveling system to install the tiles. One such system is Tuscan.

Good luck on your installation!

Source: Homeowner having had the chance to work with several very accomplished tile setters.

Answered 5 years ago by SalisburySam

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