Water water everywhere – don’t the kids just love to have fun? The question is, can your bathroom floor cope with that water, and more importantly, can your feet ‘stick’ to the floor or will it become an indoor skating rink? Bathroom floors are wet areas – even adults spread water when they exit a bath or shower.
There is a myth that suggests that most floor tiles are unsuitable for bathrooms because they are slippery and therefore dangerous. Some will urge vinyl as being the best suited for bathroom, however, vinyl can have a very short lifespan, especially when children are present. Whilst there is a huge range of floor tiles that are a little slippery when wet, there are just as many tiles that are anti-slip and well suited to bathrooms. They are also well suited to kitchens and outdoor areas where moisture is present, including swimming pool decks.
Some tiles, for example, slate floor tiles, are naturally anti-slip. Others are treated during production to create an anti-slip surface. When buying bathroom floor tiles, look for those marked to meet slip-resistance guidelines – they are ideal in households involving children, the elderly, and those with disabilities.
Ceramic floor tiles that have been treated are a great low-cost alternative to vinyl and have the added benefit of durability and longevity. Ceramic floor tiles are available in a wide range of colors and finishes, giving you the option of a continuous look, or by using different tiles, creating your own designer look. Like all floors, tile floors do have a weak point, and that is in the grouting used between each tile. Be sure to select the right grout and you will achieve a water-resistant finish that is anti-slip and looks great. Our tile experts can help you select the right tile for your next project – just drop in and see us at Éco Dépôt – we have three convenient locations around Montreal.