By Suzanne Fred. Bathroom Flooring. Published at Friday, February 09th, 2018 - 15:01:30 PM.
Mosaic designs have long been a staple of the decorative arts, and as an art form, they are held in high regard. Mosaics are made of small, usually square pieces of glass, stone, shells or other material that are placed in such a way as to create and pattern or a picture. Dating back to Roman times and before, mosaics have been used the world over to cover everything from walls to ceilings and floors. This time-honored decorative technique is still widely used today, and mosaic bathroom floors are particularly popular. When it comes to design and pattern, the sky really is the limit and a true artist can create any picture with the use of small mosaic tiles.
Cork is warm to the touch and very easy on the feet, and the tiles come tinted in a variety of colors. Installation is not difficult, but if you purchase unfinished tiles, expect to protect them with two coats of polyurethane. Generally, cork tiles are installed with a troweled-on adhesive, but click-in-place floating floor products are also available.
I don’t like to clean. I especially don’t like to clean the tub and shower so when choosing tile for these very wet areas you will probably want to go with porcelain or ceramic tile since they are virtually maintenance free. (You will want to double check to see if they need to be sealed.) Tiles make from natural stone require more maintenance and do have to be sealed. They are definitely more pours so they tend to hold on to dirt and grim more. If you are wanting to add texture with stone, it may be a good idea to use it on the floor or in a less wet area. Lastly, glass tile is so pretty and makes a great wall or accent tile. It is super slippery, so it doesn’t work well on the floor.
The drawbacks are worth noting. The maintenance is ongoing and needs to be taken seriously if you want to preserve it. To ensure your natural stone floors provide you with a lifetime of beauty and effectiveness, you must polish the stone floor every few years. In addition to consistent upkeep, it’s important to know that stone tile has limited resistance to chemicals and stains. It costs more than ceramic tile to install and the final product rarely looks like the sample you originally select. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom to include stone floors, be sure to get help from an expert.
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