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What tiling for the bathroom?

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What tiling for the bathroom?

Carole Sertillanges

Ideal for bathrooms, tiling adapts to humidity and various projections. Resistant, decorative and easy to maintain, it can cover floor and walls in the shower. Remember to choose your bathroom tile resistant to chemicals, anti-slip, to use glues and seals adapted to moisture. Our tips for choosing it and knowing what to prefer between small or large tiles, total uniformity or wall tiles different from the walls, porcelain stoneware or natural stone ...

You have chosen to install tiling in your bathroom. Excellent decision because this type of flooring adapts to moisture and is easy to maintain. To avoid getting stuck in the choice of model, colors, material and installation, follow our tips for lay tiles in the bathroom.

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The constraints of tiling in the bathroom

A bathroom tile must resist moisture and chemicals: household cleaners, bath products ... Either high coefficients (3 out of 4) for the letters E and C of the UPEC classification.

The bathroom being a room with a small passage, a wear resistance of level 1 will suffice (out of 5, in the scale PEI - Porcelain Enamel Institute).

The bathroom floor tile must have anti-slip properties : refer to the classifications R (footwear) or A, B, C (barefoot).

Plan to ask a waterproofing system under the tiles (floor and at least around the shower): polyethylene mat or coated with synthetic resin.

Use tile adhesives and gaskets adapted to the ambient humidity.

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What harmony between the wall tile and the floor tiles in the bathroom?

The bathroom floor tile can be used on the wall (and not always the other way around) but the total uniformity is likely to be stifling.

We can keep the same color palette, or even keep the same material, but play on the differences in formats. If the room is not big, better to stay in classics of the type 30 x 30 cm. Large tiles (60 x 60, 60 x 120 cm) are very popular: in addition to a very open geometric effect, they limit the number of joints, sources of fouling. More expensive, "rectified" tiles reduce the width of joints (about 2 mm).

Mosaics and friezes Listels bring relief in the middle of a plain bathroom tile.

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What materials for a tile in the bathroom?

- A cement bathroom tile gives a retro atmosphere but its natural porosity requires a waterproofing treatment and the application of a wax during installation to facilitate its maintenance thereafter

- Natural stones (granite, marble, travertine ...) are prized for their authentic appearance and their solidity but their weight reserves them on the ground floor

- Porcelain stoneware is very popular because cheap, strong and easy to maintain. Think about imitation tiles: soft with wood effect, surprising with leather, design with metal ...

- Earthenware : not strong enough to support the weight of walking, it is one of the most used wall coverings in the bathroom, very appreciated for its aesthetic qualities and its wide choice of colors and finishes.

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Choose a tile to put in the shower

For the tile of the showerin addition to a high E index and a good sealing system, take care to install the joints because it is at this level that the infiltrations threaten.

In the case of a floor-standing tile, take care to limit the risk of slips and falls in and out of the shower: it is the classification A, B, C (barefoot) that is authentic.

Better frosted tilesrough, granular textures rather than smooth tiles. Mosaic is recommended for floor tiles because the boundaries of the joints reduce the gliding effect.

For tiled walk-in shower (usually placed on a tray made of extruded polystyrene), the area to be tiled is delimited: we can accentuate this demarcation or on the contrary play thoroughly the effect stripped by focusing on the continuity of the tiles.

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