Housing trends come and go. One decade calls for brightly colored wallpaper designs splattered across bathroom walls. Another decade calls for linoleum bathroom flooring. It can be difficult to keep up with current bathroom design trends. By the time you remodel your bathroom, a new trend has become popular. You can avoid this by sticking with bathroom renovation trends that remain consistent throughout the years. One of the most consistent trends that seem to stick around year after year is that of glass tiles.
Wide variety of glass tile designs
Perhaps glass tiles remain consistently in style because there are so many designs to choose from. Tiles come in all different colors and sizes. They also have different designs incorporated into them. Finally, bathroom glass tile designs can be mimicked to look like other materials. A popular trend right now is glass tiles that look like wood floors. The upkeep and installation process is much easier than that of hardwood floors. Also, hardwood floors are much more likely to go out of style, requiring a full flooring installation, before glass tile flooring does.
Simple installation process
It is also possible that glass wall tiles are common in bathrooms because they are simple to install. Many homeowners attempt and succeed at DIY ceramic tile for a bathroom. According to a National Association of Home Builders survey, bathroom remodeling is the job most requested in the United States. With so many homeowners requesting bathroom remodels, glass and ceramic tiles seem like the easy and cost efficient solution. It also often means that you can go longer in between full bathroom remodels.
Cost efficient materials
Bathroom glass tiles also tend to be more cost efficient than other types of materials. Hardwood flooring can be very expensive, depending on the type of wood used. Backsplash designs, although they look very upscale and modern, can also be expensive. Backsplash designs are a form of glass tiles that are put into intricately designed patterns. Some homeowners actually choose to incorporate backsplash glass tiles into their designs, but at a minimal level. Glass backsplash tiles pair nicely with bathroom tiles, creating the perfect bathroom design. Considering that many bathroom vanities are also made out of tile or a tile material, the looks complement each other nicely.
Extremely durable designs
Glass tiles are also known for their strength. The easy rating system makes it easy to choose glass tiles for different areas of the bathroom, based on strength. The PEI rating of tiles indicates how strong they are, or how much wear they can stand up to. A PEI rating of 1 means the tile is only for walls, and cannot handle foot traffic at all. A rating of 5, on the other hand, means they will withstand even the heaviest food traffic for commercial installations. Bathroom floor tiles experience the most foot traffic and should always be the highest PEI rating available.
Durability also means temperature resistant. Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the rooms in the house that experiences the most in terms of temperature changes. Showers put a lot of moisture and water into the air, which can be troublesome for some materials. Floor ceramic tiles can also be subject to large amounts of water, the result of overflow from the bathtub or shower. Porcelain tiles are fired at temperatures between 2200 and 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher firing temperatures and the combination of ingredients produce an extremely dense, hard wearing, stain resistant tile. Tiles can effectively remain durable and sturdy on the wall or floor, even in the highest of temperature rooms.
Bathroom remodels are one of the most requested and completed remodel jobs in the house. This is probably because ideal bathroom materials are constantly changing. Old styles are considered outdated and can reduce the value of your house. Choosing a bathroom material such as glass tiles can extend the overall life of your bathroom, as tiles have and will be in style for much longer. You can also easily change out the designs of the glass tiles to update over the years. Additionally, bathroom tiles are extremely durable, temperature resistant, and easy to install.