Until just a few decades ago, the bathroom in a household was understood above all as a pure utility room for personal hygiene. In even older buildings baths were not provided at all and in many preserved old buildings they had to be retrofitted. That has completely changed.
All materials in different formats
The tile industry has also adapted to the growing significance of the bathroom as a living and living space. While in the 1960s and 1970s the standard was still monochrome and marbled tiles, the range has developed rapidly in the last thirty years.
The usual ceramic decors of the tiles in the bathroom were provided with new optics, the amount of formats and dimensions of the tiles grew and the surface textures soon went beyond smooth glazed ceramics. Materials such as glass and natural stone were increasingly finding their way into the world of tiles.
Bathroom tile materials
There are several groups of bathroom tiles today that differ in appearance, materials, finish, size and format.
- Stoneware is fired ceramic with a low porosity and is mainly used outdoors, but is also well suited in the bathroom.
- Porcelain stoneware is fired ceramic with the lowest porosity and water absorption and is the most common indoor tile.
- Glass tiles are made of through-colored, transparent or single-coated single pieces and stand out with their light effects.
- Natural stone tiles such as basalt, granite, marble or slate reflect the wide variety of natural textures and colors.
- The surfaces of cement tiles are more sensitive than tiles made of other materials and are strongly sealed for use on the floor.
Prices of the different materials
The price ranges for the individual tile types are different, but for the most part, they move in each material group in one core area.
- Stoneware tiles range from 15 to 50 euros per square meter
- Porcelain stoneware tiles cost between 20 and 60 euros per square meter.
- Glass tiles usually move between 25 and 50 euros per square meter.
- Natural stone tiles are available from forty euros, the prices are open at the top.
- Cement tiles with hand painting cost from ten to a hundred euros each.