How Do I... Select Bathroom Tiles?
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As mentioned, there is homogeneous, glazed porcelain and of course, natural stone which includes granite, marble, travertine and onyx. Homogeneous and glazed porcelain share the most similarities and that’s where the confusion starts. They can be grouped under the same family of ceramic tiles but with very different characteristics.
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“The general rule of thumb is: the smaller the space, the smaller the tiles to be used,” says Cheong. He recommends 30 by 30 centimetres or 30 by 60 centimetres for HDB flat bathrooms. “For small bathrooms, try to keep tile sizes below 30 by 60 centimetres as this will make it easier for contractors to level a slope to the floor drain.”
There’s no question that homogeneous tiles make one of the best flooring tiles due to its resilience and through body colour. How would natural stone tiles fare in this aspect?
Expect to shell out $2.80 price per square foot (psf) to $14 psf for most ceramic tiles. Marble carries a heftier price tag and can start at $21 and go up to $150 psf. Cheong adds: “Do note that the price range is an estimate and does not represent all the materials in the industry.”
The upkeep of ceramic tiles is generally fuss-free. Says Cheong: “Tiles are one of the easiest materials to clean. Using a neutral (meaning non-acidic) detergent would be sufficient for daily cleaning. Do dilute according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.”
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