Materials Make The Grade in Bathroom Remodeling


Your choice of materials for your bathroom remodeling effort will go a long way toward your home’s value in Manassas, Fairfax or Alexandria, VA.  Stone flooring or wall tiles provide a natural look, but stone has not taken off in popularity because of the inherent softness and absorbency.  Nevertheless, stone works for sinks, tiles and floors.  

A stronger and less porous option than stone, is porcelain.  It is much more common, both for sinks and tiles.  Porcelain tiles can be glazed or flat, and the tile will resist stains and marks.  It is denser than other tiles, making it more resistant to moisture and scratches.  In addition, porcelain tile is easy to clean and will hold up well in high-traffic areas.

Ceramics are also strong and durable, and they often contain a texture or design.  The nature of the material makes them colorfast, so fading will never be an issue, regardless of traffic flow, spills or moisture retention.  Ceramic tiles with a texture are especially good choices for bathroom floors, since the texture makes them more slip-resistant.  Ceramic tile does not hold dirt – it is easy to clean, and it also deflects bacteria and allergens.  

All of the materials mentioned are healthy choices for an efficient bathroom remodel.  Any of these used as flooring can be hard on the legs and joints if standing for long periods of time – but that’s less likely in a bathroom than in a kitchen.  All are great options for sinks, walls or floors.  All bring a different look and texture to the room.  No matter what your choice, a bathroom remodel should be a significant return on your investment at sale time, but it should offer enjoyment every day until that time.


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