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Small Bathroom Makeovers - Bathroom Tiles
There must be a time that after you take a pee or a poop you noticed that you need to remodel your bathroom. You may notice some damage or permanent dirt or stain on the bathroom floor, sink toilet, that a general bathroom cleaning cannot suffice. Or it's just that mere human nature that tells you that you are unsatisfied of the looks of your bathroom.
If we try to look in a wider perspective, remodeling a bathroom is not included as basic need for us to survive everyday. That would be correct, but if you've got the cash and an urge to remodel your bathroom, then you are free to do so, after all it's your bathroom anyway.
Remodeling a bathroom isn't a simple task, it requires art, budget, and of course, a determination to reach those moldy, stinky, and dirty corners of the bathroom to be replaced. This hub will give home owners some tips and information on the art of bathroom remodeling.
There are countless designs and kinds of tiles for the bathroom. Most home owners look for latest trends in bathroom tiles.Some of the most exciting types of bathroom tiles are hardwood,copper,and,stainless tiles.
Hardwood Tiles - They add a fresh feeling to a bathroom, looks tropical and cool. The advantage of this kind of material is that it normalizes the temperature of the room. When you are living or located on a cold place, hardwood tiles tend to regulate the temperature, as we know, this material is not a good conductor.
But these hardwood tiles are quite expensive. You may try looking for laminated tile. It looks like this hardwood type but its not that expensive.
Copper Tiles - Copper tiles have many advantages, copper lasts long, it could withstand through hundreds of years. Copper can also withstand fire, corrosion, and weather conditions. The beauty of this element is that as it gets older(usually from 20- 25 years), the color changes from bronze to green. This process is known to prevent oxidation.
Medical and health advantages on this material is that it actually prevents certain strains of bacteria to proliferate on its surface. A bacteria strain known as E. coli O157:H7 (through scientific studies) is said to only thrive for hours on copper surface compared to stainless tiles. So this material is not only useful on the bathroom. It can also be used on kitchen sinks.
Stainless Tiles - Stainless tile is trending nowadays. Many tile manufacturers have produced this material as they have notice that this material is popular to home owners. There are many advantages when using this material. First, metal will last for a long period. It could withstand fire, cold, and changes of humidity. It has the ability of malleability in which it could be bent or shaped without causing it to break. This property is an advantage when used as a tile on a bathroom. Another advantage is that it is rust free. Another advantage that most home owners are attracted to this material is that it can be easily cleaned, just a wipe away then it would be all shiny again.
But, there are also a disadvantage. Metal is a good conductor which means wen you are in a cold place it would easily let cold temperatures travel to its surface affecting the bathroom temperature. Too cold to take a bath, another extra dollar for electricity to turn on the heaters. As it is a good conductor, electricity could pass through it. Electric shock might be the worst case scenario when not handling electricity properly near metal tiles.
Glass - Glass tiles gives an effect of cool to a room. According to some of interior designers, glass tiles are fun to work on. Other than the hard and sturdy elements of glass, it offers a lot of variations and designs. You can choose any kind of color on your glass. You can choose any kind of design you want. Or you could even customize your glass tile. Glass tiles have unlimited choices, no wonder interior designers are fun of using this material on the kitchen and bathrooms.
Trending Bathroom Tiles
With the fast growing technology, the tile industry also rides with the flow. As we speak today, tile manufacturers have been doing extensive marketing and designs analysis on how to better improve their tiles. Given these variables consumers have tones or even unlimited choices of tiles to put on their bathroom.
Tiles With Digital Image - Some companies have these idea of sending them pictures of whatever you like then they will customize the tiles for you.
Recycled Glass Tile - These are environment friendly tile. With ever growing pollution. people are more concerned of their environment. Tile manufacturers flow on this trend by producing recycled glass tiles. Earn an income save the environment.
Imitation Fabric Tiles - With prices going up today. Many consumers tend to resort on materials which are cheap but resemble the real thing. This can also be applied to imitation tiles. There are many imitation tiles in the market which looks like a real glass, wood, or even metal. Tiles such as this will stay on the market as long as the real ones continue to rise in prices.
Protruding Textured Tiles - As with the imitation tiles continue to popularize the market. Textured tiles also found itself injecting on today's tile trends. Most homeowners buy these textured tiles as they would like to give depth to their walls.
Porcelain tiles and other tile materials are used extensively on bathrooms during the years. These tiles are very popular to consumers because the materials that are used is tough and resistant to bathroom wetness. Added to that, the materials are also beautiful and very easy to clean. You can also choose a wide variety of designs. Although these materials look perfect these tiles tend to be slippery when they get wet.
The introduction of Nano Pre-Sealed Technology solved the problem of slippery tiles. According to Jasmin Kraneveldt from tile and sanitary ware suppliers, Bathroom Bizarre. The end result is achieved by applying the lightest and strongest organic Nano particles, which can be compared to a type of wax, onto the surface of polished porcelain tiles. By applying an organic nano particle on the surface of the finished tile the end result will be a non slippery high end tile.
According to Jasmin Kraneveldt, plating is a process that is used to evenly distribute the nano particles on the tile surface. This can be achieved by applying high sanding and polishing. The process is then repeated a few times to let the nano particles combine with the layer of the tile. This will then form into an organic Nano film that is lustrous,tough, and dense. A high skid resistance and non-hydrophilic substance was used to produce the Nano particles. Making them vulnerable to slippery surface.Kraneveldt added that with this Nano technology the gloss effect of the tile increase up to 90 percent while other normal high gloss features of normal tiles only has 50 to 70 percent gloss rate.