Choosing the right tile for you will help create the perfect bathroom for several reasons.
1. Tiles are what you see the most in a bathroom and are a big part of the cost.
2. The tiler requires 1st choice tiles to achieve the best possible outcome
3. The tile needs to be suitable for everyday bathroom use.
4. The right format and finish will help to reduce maintenance
There are 3 main type of tiles to choose from:
1. Ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles most common type of bathroom tile. They are more affordable than porcelain as they have a ceramic backing which is cheaper to manufacture. The ceramic make-up of the tile is however brittle and chips easily compared to porcelain. We rarely ceramic tiles on floors as they are not as strong and hard-waring as porcelain.
Ceramic tiles are usually less then $55.00 p/m2, depending on size and edge finish.
2. Natural Stone
Natural stone is a beautiful product but comes with a greater cost and higher maintenance. They are expensive to buy, lay and maintain. The biggest downfall about natural stone is that they are generally porous and require regular maintenance and sealing. For this reason, we don’t recommend using natural stone tiles in bathrooms.
Natural stone tiles start from around $60.00P/M to $200.00P/M depending on the quality. Expect to pay 30-50% more for tiler labour costs. Also need yearly cleaning and re-sealing, costing around $300-$500.
Most of our customers opt for our standard wall tile, the 300×600 white gloss rectified ceramic wall tile at a cost of $33.88P/M.
Almost all of our bathroom floor tiles are finished with a Porcelain tile. Porcelain tiles are very hard wearing and extremely difficult to chip. The composite material is a higher, denser grade then ceramic. Not porous like stone and has low water absorption. We can source digital print porcelain tiles that look just like natural stone but are more affordable and require no maintenance.
A-Grade porcelain tiles start from around $40.00 P/M and can go upwards to around $100.00P/M or more. We find most of our customers chose a porcelain tile for the floor worth around $55.00P/M.
Just like diamonds, there are also different grades of tiles. Not every white gloss 300×600 rectified tile is the same. The “1st choice” versions have little imperfections on the surface, are exact in size and straight. Low grade versions are the type you see on “sale” at tile outlets. They can have surface imperfections, are not all exactly the same size and not straight which means you can get “lippage” when the tiles have been laid, giving the impression the tiler has done a bad job.
All we use at Dream Bathrooms is “1st choice”, A-Grade tiles.
You can find tiles elsewhere slightly cheaper, but chances are those tiles are “B” or “C” grade tiles, or tiles a seller has refused to stock.
Rectified Edge Tiles
Rectified edge tiles have a laser cut, square edge that allows them to be laid closely together. This keeps the grout lines as small as possible, making the bathroom easier to keep clean.
Most builders and bathroom renovators are still laying standard or “cushioned edge” tiles in their bathrooms. Although gaining in popularity, most people don’t know about “Rectified tiles” and the advantages.
Where some builders and other bathroom renovators might be able to lay rectified tiles as an option, it’s standard practice at Dream Bathrooms to supply & lay “1st choice” tiles with rectified edges. We also recommend porcelain tiles on the floor.
The most popular tile size right now is 300x600mm. 300×600 is our standard size wall and floor tile. You need to be careful using 300×600 or larger size on the floor to allow for proper water drainage. This is where expert help comes in.
In a very small bathroom, with a shower centre waste, we may opt for 300×300 floor tiles.
600×600 tiles look great in my opinion. You get less grout lines and you see more of the tiles design. Tilers charge extra for laying 600×600 tiles because they’re more time consuming to lay.
Come into our new Balcatta showroom and see all these types of tiles laid in real bathrooms. We’ve hand-picked the most popular selection of tiles from the best tile stores over Perth for you to chose from.