Mosaic tiles are by far the most popular option for shower floor tile. The small sized size of these tiny tiles means that they perfectly fit to the shape and contour of your shower floor better than a bigger tile would. Also there are more grout lines integrated in between tiles, giving much needed slip resistance at the shower area. Mosaic shower tiles can be cut to any shape and size with no problem and are generally considered one of the easiest shower floor tile options available.
Installing a mosaic shower floor tile is not all that difficult, but you do need to have the right materials. The type of tile you choose will depend on what type of finish you want. Many people opt for a glossy finish to their tile as this adds a bit of shiny glaze to their shower floor. The grout used for a polished tile has to be slightly harder than regular grout and is therefore more expensive than regular grout.
There is an option of having tiles installed over the mortar joints. These joints are simply filled with grout that has been cut out and left to set. A very nice look can be achieved with this type of shower floor tile, however the overall design may not flow well with it. If you choose to have tiles installed over the mortar joints you should make sure that you leave enough space between the tiles for any movement.
Mosaic tiles can also be very beautiful and give a real look of natural stone. They are available in many different natural colors, but you can also find them in other colors such as white or black. You should pay close attention to quality and not go for cheap tiles. Most tile shops stock stone tiles but you can also find suppliers who specialize in mosaic tiles. It pays to shop around for the best deal because sometimes the retailer can offer a better price when there is a demand for the product. If you decide to go with mosaic stone tiles keep in mind the following disadvantages.
If you plan on using the tiles straight out of the tile cutter then always make sure that the surface you are going to work on is very smooth. The reason is that once the tiles have been set they can be very sloppy and can create a great mess. When tiling around the shower base remember that if there is any lip depressions in the tiles they will be present at the time of installation so check carefully. If there is a lip then always use trowel water to clean it because too much pressure can cause cracks. Another disadvantage of tiles is that they require tile setting materials which are generally quite pricey.
Mosaic tiles are known for their high slip resistance and strength. Some types can also withstand extreme heat so are great for areas where you might want to install a spa. This is especially true if you are looking at ceramic tiles because ceramic tile has excellent slip resistance abilities. However, tile installation is still a bit more work than regular ceramic tiles so if your bathroom tile is for a hot tub then you would be better off selecting ceramic instead of porcelain.
Installation of large-format tiles can be done by professionals but you can install these large-format tiles yourself. A good quality tile adhesive should be used when tiling around the shower area as it is more difficult to clean the grout lines after tiling. Also, installing shower tile over a concrete base can be a challenge. For showers that have both a fiberglass shower liner and a vinyl liner this will be a nightmare job and must be done by a professional.
Most tile experts will recommend that porcelain is the best choice because it is a type of hard glazed ceramic tile and the material itself is very resistant to water damage. However, porcelain does not look as nice as glass does and it is heavier than glass. Glass on the other hand is beautiful and can give any bathroom an expensive and lavish appearance. That being said, most people choose glass over porcelain because porcelain tile is much more likely to chip.