Pros & Cons of Tiling Bathroom Walls: A Guide to Making the Right Choice

Tile is a material you’ll find in most bathrooms. While tile tends to be used for flooring and bathing areas, you also have the option of using this material to cover the walls. Deciding whether to tile the walls in a bathroom requires considering the benefits of doing so over using other materials, such as wallpaper and paint. Thinking about how the characteristics of tile, such as increased water resistance, can help you meet your goals for remodeling your bathroom may help you decide how much of it you want to include in your plans. Keep reading as the professionals from Forever Builders, the experts in kitchen and bath remodeling Orange County homeowners have trusted for more than 20 years, explore the pros and cons of using tiles on bathroom walls.

Add Tile to Areas Prone to Splashes

Mold is a common household problem that tends to be worse in bathrooms due to high levels of humidity. Drywall and plaster can also quickly become damaged when they’re constantly hit with water. Most people choose to use tile in backsplashes behind sinks and around the edges of bathtubs, where some degree of water exposure is common.

Reduce the Need to Repaint in the Future

Paint tends to be less expensive than tile, which also makes it an excellent wall covering for bathrooms. If you’re considering painting instead of using tile, you’ll want to make sure your contractor uses water-resistant paint designed for wet areas. Choosing the right paint can reduce the need to repaint, but you’ll still need to plan to add a new coat of paint more often than you’ll likely need to replace the tile. With proper care, tile can last for a decade or more, while most homeowners repaint bathrooms every two to four years.

Consider the Need for Repairs

While you won’t need to repaint as often with tile, you do need to consider the potential need for repairs and maintenance. Tile in wet areas needs the grout touched up or redone every few years. You’ll also need to replace any tiles that get chips or serious cracks. Occasionally, you might need to retile an entire section of the wall if you aren’t able to match a new tile to the current ones. Fortunately, contractors can help you avoid this problem by saving any leftover tile for future repairs.

Enjoy Easier Cleaning

Giving the walls a quick wipe-down can help you maintain a hygienic bathroom. Paint and wallpaper can be gently wiped for cleaning, but you’ll need to be cautious about how you clean to prevent damage. With tile, you don’t have to worry about accidentally removing paint or ripping wallpaper as you clean. You’ll still need to be careful not to scratch the tile or damage the grout, but you’ll find this material is more durable than other wall coverings.

Create a Customized Bathroom Design

The options for tiling a bathroom are as wide open as your imagination. Whether you want to create a classic checkerboard tile pattern or a unique backsplash that matches the design you use in the shower, tile gives you infinite opportunities to create the bathroom of your dreams. You’ll also find the color options for tile are expansive, which is perfect when you have an eye for design.

From helping you choose the right tile to installing it with expertise and precision, the experienced professionals from Forever Builders will guide you through every step of your bathroom remodel. When they’re looking for exceptional craftsmanship and unmatched expertise in bathroom remodeling, San Diego homeowners trust us to provide superior service and help them turn their dreams into reality. We’ll help you create the bathroom that meets all your needs and expectations while keeping your costs within budget. To find out more about our outstanding bathroom remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today.

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