Mesmirizing and Eye-Catching Mosaic Tiles for the Bathroom

Mosaic, as an art, was first used to decorate palaces and temples during the Greek and Roman times. Nowadays, this eye-catching art has become a quite popular trend among many interior designers who use it to decorate the home. They use mosaic tiles in so many different ways to decorate different parts of the home as well as the outdoors. Today, we would focus mainly on incorporating such tiles in the bathroom. Below, we have chosen several bathrooms with mesmerizing and eye-catching mosaic tiles to show you the beauty of incorporating such tiles in the bathroom.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles can be found in different colors and can be made of stone,ceramic, stained glass etc. When creating certain mosaic art, the ones composed of different materials has specific beauty. The mosaic tile can be found in different sizes, most often varying from 1 to 2 cm, and when they are linked together, they resemble tiles with normal dimensions. There are versatile ways of how to incorporate these tiles in the bathroom and the following bathroom designs should get you covered for all of these ways. Check them out and choose how you will incorporate this type of tiles into your bathroom. Continue Reading…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Glass Tiles

Glass TilesAs with most things in life, glass tiles have their advantages, as well as disadvantages. However, when it comes to these types of tiles, it may be a new topic for those who want to own homes, or build with tiles for the first time. It’s important to consider all of the factors involved in choosing to work with, or forgo, glass tiles.

Firstly, glass tiles come in different types, patterns, and colours, which mean consumers, have many options to choose from when it comes to aesthetics. Homeowners and designers can easily express their creativity and find the tile that best suits their taste and preference.

Another advantage glass tiles have is that they are water tight. Permeation by water, as in the case of ceramic tiles, is very marginal in the case of glass tiles. This means that they will retain their glossy appearance for a long period of time, and that you homeowners can worry less about mould and mildew, which may be the cause of respiratory problems. It also means that glass tiles are suitable for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, where water is usually in abundance.

Durability is another advantage to consider with glass tiles. Due to the fact that they are extremely watertight, they usually have a long lifespan compared to their ceramic counterparts. They also do not decay; this means that you get the value of the money you paid by having minimal repair or replacement costs. They are also very resistant to cracks, which mean that they stay attractive for a longer period of time, adding to the value of your home.

Glass tiles also use less energy to manufacture, when compared to their ceramic counterparts. For instance, a glass tile takes roughly half of the amount of energy needed to create a ceramic tile. There is also an option of recycled glass tiles, for any consumers interested in environmentally friendly products. They are also very easily cleaned. However, though very resistant to stains, it does not mean that they cannot get dirty, but on the plus side, they can be easily cleaned, further adding peace of mind to the homeowners, knowing that they won’t have to replace the tiles often.

Though glass tiles have many advantages, it is also important to note that they also have disadvantages. The first of them is their cost, as they are expensive, especially compared to ceramic tiles. For instance, having repeated patterns may cost up to $100 per square meter, meaning homeowners would have to invest a substantial amount of money for a good-looking pattern.

Another drawback is the difficulty of installation. Installing glass tiles requires specialized labour, which also contributes to the cost, as homeowners will require more money for the installation. They can also be very slippery, due to their smooth surface, which can make them unsuitable for floor surfaces that are prone to spills, especially in bathrooms or kitchens.

As you can see, when debating the option of glass tiles, it is important to consider the pros and cons. Take note of your situation and surroundings to help determine if they would be a good purchase. Considering each factor carefully before choosing any tiles is crucial, specifically when considering glass ones.

Why Marble Might Be Wrong for Your Bathroom

Marble TileMarble has been used by master craftsmen throughout the ages to adorn palace floors, ceilings and walls. Although it was once a show of wealth and power, today marble tile is making its way more and more into everyday homes — bathrooms in particular — all over the world.

The question is, should it?

Because there’s a finite amount of marble in the world, it’s become more difficult to find quality marble for a home design project. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this beautiful material, and some things you should watch out for when you’re considering putting it in your bathroom.

Marble basics. Marble is a metamorphic rock that’s been used for thousands of years. Each piece of marble is different — the variety in veining and coloring is often considered its best trait. Marble tile can have an even or less uniform look, depending on the type and quality of marble you purchase. Most high-end marble has a very even color palette with soft veining. The look — like in this shower — is elegant, soft and uniform.

This installation has a marble with a more pronounced vein (most likely Calacatta) for a less uniform look. This can be just as appealing, due to the unique shapes and details that the stone creates.

Marble is very easy to work with. It is a softer stone that can be milled, machined and tumbled, which means it can have multiple uses. This bathroom has full slabs of marble for walls, counters and flooring, and then smaller pieces for the crown molding and door casing details.

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Most Common Tiling Problems

Tiling is not as easy as it seems. Using inferior or incorrect tiling products, lack of tiling experience and price cutting just to get the job, frequently leads to tiling problems that emerge weeks or months later. The result – tiles falling off the wall, buckling floor tiles, cracks, water and moifture accummulating behind the tiles, cracking grout, hollow sound under the tiles and many more symptoms of a botched job.

We have listed some of the most common mistakes made on tiling jobs by inexperienced tiling contractors. Find the list here.

Bathroom Tile Problems

Although pretty robust in most circumstances there are a number of problems associated with tiles. When used in a shower, for example, water can get behind the tile and start to affect the adhesive bond used to fix it in place. This can be due to movement cracking the grout, poor fixing, leaks from pipework behind the surface or poor grouting. Read More…

Common Tile, Stone and Grout Problems

Known as “Efflorescence” white stains appearing on the surface of tiles is caused by water penetration underneath stone or tiles. The minerals in the water crystalise, which results in white residue appearing on the surface of tiles. Efflorescence is generally a porous tile issue, however it clusters of the crystals often appear on grout joints due to grout being a highly porous substance.

The source/cause of the efflorescence needs to be identified and addressed by a leak detection expert, or tile and grout specialist, before spending the time and money on the removal of the calcium deposits. Using the wrong products on tiles and grout can be costly and disastrous. Read More…

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Fixing a Leak Beneath Bathroom Tile

When you suspect a leak under the bathroom tile you should take a few steps to fix the leak before other problems develop. This is one of those fixes that needs to be done quickly before it escalates into bigger, more complex problems. Water leaks under the bathroom tile are especially dangerous and can result in structural damage. Here is a quick way to fix the leak beneath bathroom tiles. Read More…