Ceramic bathroom tiles offer several distinct advantages.
Commonly cited advantages to using this material include its water-resistant nature, durability, and aesthetics. Ceramic tile is generally available at costs comparable to other flooring materials and, in some cases, may even cost less than other floor coverings. In addition, ceramic bathroom tiles are very versatile building material that is commonly used for other applications besides flooring.
Due to its water resistant nature, ceramic bathroom tiles are common choice in bathroom renovation and construction projects.
If grout lines are sealed properly and the ceramic tile is undamaged, this flooring material is practically water proof. In some cases, ceramic bathroom tiles can even withstand short periods of standing water without damage. Ceramic tile flooring is considered a permanent installation that should not need to be replaced within the lifetime of the homeowner unless it is damaged or becomes aesthetically outdated.
The water resistant nature of ceramic bathroom tile makes it a suitable choice for building complete shower enclosures, including walls, floors, and ceilings. To protect the sub-surface walls, a thin waterproof membrane is attached to the wall before the tile adhesive is applied. If untreated and poorly maintained, the grout lines of ceramic tile shower enclosures are subject to mildew, but this problem can be eliminated with regular maintenance and the application of ceramic tile sealer.
The disadvantages of ceramic bathroom tiles, which are commonly cited, include factors such as lack of warmth, breakage, or loosening of tiles. The cold to the touch feel of ceramic tile can be negated by installing a sub-floor tile heating system prior to tile installation. These electric systems are thermostatically controlled and can raise the temperature of the flooring to a comfortable level.