Choosing the Right Tile for Your Shower Remodel
When looking at options for tile, there are so many to choose from, sometimes our clients can’t help but feel overwhelmed. We get it! Luckily, Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has the experience and knowledge to walk you through the tile selection process. Here are some things to consider when selecting new tile for your shower:
Though some tiling options may look beautiful, not all are equal when it comes to durability. When designing a shower that may get a lot of heavy use, you want to be sure to select a type of tile that can withstand years of water and moisture as well as stand up to the occasional slippery shampoo bottles that end up dropping and potentially causing chips or damage.
Yes, some tile harbors more bacteria and mildew than others and this is in part due to the levels of smooth vs rough surfaces of the type of tile you may select. Another factor to consider is the type of tile caulk used when installing the tile. Some are much more resistant and higher quality than others.
Some tile is more slip resistant that others. If you have seniors or children residing in your home, you may wish to install slip resistant tile. Though in some cases slip resistant tile can be harder to keep clean, it is the best option for ensuring safety of those using the shower.
Staying within your budget for your next bathroom remodel is often a factor that should be considered. Some tile is harder to find than the more common types, and in some cases, can require longer shipping and delivery time. If you have questions about costs, reach out!
Hardware Options for Your New Shower
When it comes to hardware (the knobs and levers and spouts in the shower) you need to make an educated selection to ensure you are investing your money into the right levels of quality and functionality based on your needs. Hardware can come in many types of materials including brass, steel, and plastic. Brass is the more expensive option but it is much more durable than any other shower fixture material out there. If you are going to invest in high quality tiles, you don’t want a type of hardware material that will rust and leave stains and deposits on your new tile!
Besides material, you have options of different types of levers and also shower heads. A popular option for shower heads is the style known as “rain”, which is a large round wide shower head with multiple circle patterns of water outlets which allows the water to fall gently, just like natural rain. There are handhelds, and your standard fixed mount shower heads as well.