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The Best Tiles for Shower Floors

Updated April 17, 2017

The most commonly used floor tile is ceramic tile. The kinds of tile for use on floor showers will depend on the size of the room and what kind of look you want for the floor. Bathroom floors require some texture in the tile you use on the floor. A splashed floor will be slick, so do not use shiny slick tile. The tile for shower floors or bathroom floors should be something your toes can get a grip on. The best fit for tiles to use on shower floors are 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 tiles.

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Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tile is suitable for use on shower floors because it is durable. Bathroom floors have moisture, making them prone to damage. Ceramic is resistant to water and humidity. Ceramic tiles used on floor showers are fairly easy to clean. A matt finish is beneficial because it makes the tiles less slippery. Tiles with mosaic or small tiles also are not slippery. The ceramic tiles are best installed on the bathroom floor by a professional.

Pebble Tiles

Pebble tiles are nonslippery, which eliminates the worry of falling down on the shower floor when bathing. Pebble tiles also massage the skin, which makes you feel relaxed. The tiles are relatively easy to install on the shower floor. You do not need a special tool to cut the backing mesh; scissors work fine. Pebble tiles offer the convenience of no breakage and no scratches, and the tiles are elegant and natural.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are another good choice of tiles that can replace hardwood floors. They are relatively easy to take off and do not require either buffing or polishing to maintain a stunning look. Slate tiles only require sweeping and mopping, unlike wood floors that need to be treated.

Tile Shower Maintenance

Tiles with grout joints can be impossible to keep clean, and tiles filled with Portland cement grout are difficult to keep clean. Tiles today are mostly made from materials used to make ceramic figurines. The shower tiles are available in many colours and textures; choice usually depends on convenience of maintenance. One of the best ways to ensure your tile shower is kept looking new is to dry out water after every use. You can use a window washer squeegee to pull water from the floor, and use a towel to sponge water completely off the shower floor.

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About the Author

Miggi Sanchez started writing in 2002. He has been published in "Timeless Voices," "Shoestring," "Unsung Magazine" and online at Rainy City Stories, Leisure Daily and Poems and Plates. Sanchez holds a Master of Arts in language studies and early literacy from University of the Ireland Open University

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