Looking to make your home lively? Trying to decipher the perfect tile that will go great for your bathroom/kitchen/shower? A yes to both or any one of these questions means you are in serious need of guidance.
I’ll put you through all the necessary information you need to know about the 10 best tiles you can get this 2019.
A guide will also be provided. So by the end of this article, you should be able to make a detailed choice that will not leave you with your hands on your sides, frustrated.
How it will happen… There’ll be an in-depth discussion on each of the seven’s quality and where they are best used.
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1. BLUJELLYFISH’S porcelain pebble tile – Best tile for bathrooms floor
The tile is made of porcelain which is good for water resistance. Such a tile is suitable for swimming pools, shower, and bathroom floors.
Another plus is how easy it is to clean stains off them. This is due to the tile’s glossy feel, it’s easier for mold, dirt, and stains to be cleaned off.
Looking at the tile, you can tell it’s very aesthetic. Each of the pebbles is made out of porcelain shaped like hearts.
The tile special feature is its Fame flower effect. The effect is at its best when the tile is used to floor pools. For this effect to occur, the tile will have to reach a temperature a bit hotter than normal. Once it reaches that temperature, flowers will appear on the finish of the tiles.
Tip: make sure to leave a 2-3 inches gap between the tiles. Fixe each of the pebbles by hand, that way, it becomes easier to make it blend and not exposing the square seams. If you do this right, you don’t have to suffer from pulling the tiles out and reinstalling them again.
2. Ecoart’s Mosaic peel wall tile – Best tile for kitchen floor
Its thinner and lightweight which makes handling and installation a lot easier. It has an impressive adhesive backing. Make sure to keep all these types of stick-on tiles a significant position away from heating sources (like stoves in the kitchen) or else the tiles will lose its adhesive strength and then fall off.
In terms of maintenance, cleaning the tile is such a breeze. All that’s required is a recommended tile detergent and a regular sponge. Let’s not forget its look which is quite attractive. It gives the kitchen a modern look.
The tile is capable of bringing a kitchen that needs a lot of renovation back to life.
Note: if you wish to remove the tiles safely, all you need is a hair blower to warm up the adhesive. Once done, pull the tile gently off the wall for its corners. It can stick on the following surfaces: oiled wall, unclean wall, rugged wall, and crater wall.
3. In-The-dot’s self-stick backsplash tiles – Best tile for shower walls
If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, this is the best tile for shower walls. The tile is coated with epoxy resin for oil. Water can’t penetrate and cracks rarely occur.
If you are the type that’s not a fan of scrubbing the tiles, then this tile is perfect for you as cleaning stains is a lot easier. And it is due to the material in which the tile is coated with.
Handling and Installing is no problem and will require no expertise or special tool (no grout or glue). This is because the tile makes use of easy peel and stick application.
The adhesive behind the removable backing is strong enough to keep the tilde on the wall for a very long time. As long as they are far away from any major heating source.
It’s made of a 100% natural pearls. No additions, just pure Pearl finish. This is the tile that will greatly improve your kitchen’s look, as it will give it that modern feel. The tiles are glossy so enough natural lighting will leave your kitchen sparkling.
The tile doesn’t give off heat and it’s manufactured to handle your kitchen’s humid atmosphere. The tile is also great for a fireplace, bathrooms wall and even your shower walls. Cleaning is no problem, as the surface is glossy. A damp piece of cleanser and a recommended tile detergent will do the trick.
Its method of installation is the usual ‘grout-to-wall’, which is easy enough. But removal is a lot risky, as the tile can be damaged. The tiles in various hues.
The tile is made out of PVC, the front part is anti-slip and it has impressive adhesive strength. It is so strong that if it ends up sticking to itself, it’ll be damaged. The best time to expose the backing is when you are applying the tile.
Alwayspon’s vinyl tile is the perfect solution to your renovation problems. Especially if you’re not too keen on breaking old tiles from your kitchen or bathroom. With its thickness being 0.2mm, the tiles can be fitted comfortably onto the previous ones.
Another plus is how so much easier and risk-free is it to remove the thin vinyl tiles. There will be no traces of glue, which makes it reusable.
6. Office marshal’s Acacia wooden tile – Best tile for outdoor patio
This is the best tile for the outdoor patio. It has several features that solve the problems most standard patio tiles face and that’s the weather. Heavy rain or direct heat from the sun could affect the quality of the patio tile.
The tile possesses an open structure best for drainage and breathability. This means it will be a lot harder for surface water to build up, thus no or very little damage will occur.
Another plus for its structure is its interlocking click installation which goes great for most floor surfaces. Both indoors and outdoors. It’s made completely out of wood which was sanded and oiled. That’s why it has such a smooth and attractive finish.
The wood is harvested from Hawaiian and Australian trees. The ones that are known to last longer. Apart from longevity, the wood also has some properties that ensure the durability of a tile. It includes non-slip, water and weather resistance.
The tile has a great design that gives a natural feel. A lot of work had been put into it to make it appear seamless. Each of the stones is hand-picked, sized-up and shaped up to ensure that seamless look. So it would appear there isn’t a meeting point between the tiles.
The tile is adhesive so installation is very easy. The glue on the sturdy mesh backing is non-toxic as it is an environmentally friendly glue. It has a very strong sticky backing so you can as well fix it near a fireplace. Just peel and stick on the wall. Removing it is also easy, all you need is a mild heating source (hairdryer).
If you are looking for a vibrant shaded tile that will add personality and elegance to your kitchen, this tile is the best option. The tile has a thick and textured finish that is durable. Behind it a very strong and reliable adhesive. It’s very easy to install this tile, there’s no need for special skills.
Just as the installation is easy so is its removal. A good hairdryer can be used to carefully remove the tile. Make sure to keep it far away from a direct heating source if fixed on the kitchen walls. It will diminish the quality of the adhesive.
The tile is both water and oil resistant, which makes it great for rooms such as the kitchen. In other words, it’s anti-mold. Cleaning is a breeze all that is required is just damp cloth, with or without a recommended tile cleaner. Note: do install on wooden walls and repainted ones.
This is the best tile for kitchen floors. It made out of vinyl. This means there is a good level of water resistance. The tile is also anti-slip. Its adhesive strength is very powerful. There is no need for grout or any other tools to install it. Once stuck its cant be easily unstuck.
This means the tile should be considered a permanent plan compared to the ones that require just a hairdryer to loosen.
The style is appealing, the colors and patterns will definitely improve your kitchen. It’s best to install this in a kitchen that has lots of natural lighting, given its not glossy. You can easily trim the tile according to the size you require.
10. TST Mosaic tile stainless steel shower floor – Best tile for shower walls
This is one of the best tiles for shower walls. It’s impressive build consist of stainless steel with a brushed finish.
The design consists of several tiny hexagons. Installation is not that easy as this type of tile doesn’t make use of grout for installation.
The tile has steel panels that have to be inserted in small sized chips and those chips have to be glued to the ceramic. The tile’s metallic polish will give the shower that modern look you’ve always wanted. The kind that are in hotels. It will happy complement your shower set up, given they are as well metallic.
Now that you’ve seen seven of the top-quality picks…you will need some help making the right choice. Especially if you have no idea what to do just like I did. So be rest assured this guide will help you become a properly informed buyer.
Types of tiles
There are over 12 different types of tile, only a few (4) are prominently used in the modern home today. Each type is based on the material in which they are made.
This is the most commonly used type of tile in the home. I use them for both my bathroom and kitchen floors(and walls). It has good durability, it’s easy to install and clean.
Best of all…it doesn’t take much from the wallet.
There are two types of ceramic tiles. To be honest, though there could only be one kind. But turns out there are two. They are known as glazed and unglazed.
Glazed: it offers more protection and longevity.
Unglazed: it offers an artistic finish to improve the room’s style.
Porcelain tiles are the second most popularly used tile in the home. This is the tile that gives you that stylish finish that does not require upkeep or weathering. And I tell l, it’s a much cheaper and better option.
Why? …The tiles can mimic the look of natural wood, brick or stone. You don’t need to maintain it like you would maintain wooden, stone or brick tiles.
Another reason why is its versatility. It can come in various designs, styles, and hues. Also, the tile can be used indoors and outdoors. It does better ceramic outdoors, and it’s because porcelain doesn’t crack, freeze or fade.
This type of type focuses mainly on creativity than protection. Although, it’s still good water-resistant but may not be as strong as the ceramic.
This type of tile comes in various colors, designs, shapes, and styles. Giving you the freedom to improve your room aesthetically. Because of that fact It’s an indoor tile. Best used on the walls of the kitchen and bathroom. It’s a bit tricky to install.
This is the type of tile that is focused on creativity. They go as far as imitating water and stones. It can come in different hues, styles, patterns, and shapes. They are great for both indoors and outdoors.
Factors you should consider before buying tiles
The market is stocked full of various designs, colors, and types of tiles in the market. Making a decision can be a difficult process. I’m going to put you through several factors to consider so you’ll decide effectively.
Where do you wish to apply the tiles?
Is it indoors or outdoors…the distinction is very important. If the choice were to be ceramic, then it’s the exterior you are planning for…because that where it is best used. Since they have a slip resistance coefficient of 0.4 while wet.
If the choice were to be any other type of tile that’s focused on creativity such as porcelain, then it is interior you are planning for. The goal is to improve the room aesthetically.
Size of the tile required
This factor depends on the design of the space you want.
Room size & tile size
Do you want your room to appear spacious or small? Your room can look a lot smaller if the tiles are large. Smaller tiles do the opposite. The traditional choice is the smaller tiles, while the minimalist choice is the large scale tiles.
Choosing the right grout color for the tile is very important. It has to match or complement the tile’s color or else the grout lines will be very visible.
Texture and pattern of the tile
The finish of the tile is also important. There are two types of it-glazed and unglazed. The glazed one is easier to clean while the unglazed is meant to improve elegance. To maintain an unglazed tile, a seal will have to be fixed on the top. That way, there will be no stains.
If the room has less natural lighting coming in, a glossy bright color tile is a perfect choice. They’ll do a great job of brightening up the room.
How to install mosaic wall tiles (peel & stick)
The tile’s impressive feature is its peel and sticks function. There are just three steps to it.
- Make sure to clean and dry the walls properly.
- Try to overlap the tiles and grout lines, so you can peel the backing of the tile and then just stick the tile into place on the wall. The backsplash will appear smooth.
- After confirming where to place the tile, reinforced by pressing the tile firmly.
Q: How do I select an installation pattern?
A: first, evaluate your room’s size and see if it’s enough to set up a pattern. If it’s too small then it’ll be a waste to install a multi-patterned floor, as you can’t see enough of it. The best option is to make a small room appear bigger. You can do this by installing the tile at a 45-degree angle to one another. This method will visually expand the small room.
Q: How do you clean and maintain ceramic or porcelain tiles?
A: make sure to wipe your tiles with a damp sponge or mops. A special tile cleansing liquid is recommended and should be poured into warm water.
Q: is it wrong to use ordinary soap?
A: yes. it tends to leave films and that dulls the surface of the tile. It also leads to the buildup of mildew.
Q: Why can’t I use steel wool pads to clean my tiles?
A: if particles of the steel wool pads are left on the grout, there will be rust stains. The best option is a Scotch-Brite pad which is very effective at removing tough stains.
Q: is it ok to use vinegar and water?
A: it can be used but it’ll be very risky, as vinegar is acidic enough to damage the grout. That’s if it’s not diluted properly.
Q: How can I clean natural stone?
A: you will have to consult a tile professional for a special cleanser, as it varies for natural stones.
Q: are slate suitable for outdoors?
A: no. it can’t handle freezing and thawing condition.
Q: how do you remove grout haze?
A: Clean the tile with a nylon scrub pad and water. If the grout residue is heavier, you may need HG extra.
A guide is provided to help you make the right decision. Because In the end, it’s your decision. Whether you desire to only improve your room’s style or you are looking for something durable or you are looking to bring a part of your home back to life.
In the guide, there’s a tutorial on how to install tiles that make use of peel and stick. If you are not able to install such a tile properly, the results can be devastating. Air bubbles will be left and the tile could end up losing its adhesive strength.
Also, information such as Frequently asked questions is available. This section should be very helpful to you as it answers some specific questions that have been asked by customers on Amazon. So there you have it…best tile that will go great for your home this 2019. For both your interior and exterior. For Interior: PVC, metal, and mosaic is available. For the exterior: tiles with the wooden finish is also available.
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Written by Phil Hughes