Bathrooms are the most used room in our homes. We aren’t only expecting them to look beautiful, but they also need to be durable and last a long time. When you think about the bathroom, there’s moisture, hair spray, cleaning products, and more that will end up on all surfaces. So in a space like this, the materials being used are almost more important than most of the other rooms around your home.
This article will break down the best bathroom materials that you should absolutely be investing in the ensure that longevity.
While we all want to get the most bang for our buck, cheap bathroom vanities are a bad idea. They begin looking really great and you’ll want to show it off. However, after a few short years, they end up looking like it’s obvious they were bought from a big box store. The moist environment will cause the cabinets to bubble and peel. And at that point, you’re going to have to start looking around for a new set of cabinets anyways.
Porcelain Tile In The Shower
Although porcelain and ceramic tiles look similar, there are several differences that actually make porcelain a potentially better option for your shower! Porcelain tiles are more durable and less porous than their ceramic tile counterpart. Why does porcelain being less porous matter? It is highly stain resistant, which will keep the aesthetics of the tile looking great for years. If that’s not enough to sway you, the ability to damage porcelain is lower than ceramic. So while nothing is completely damage-proof, porcelain stands a better chance of resisting cracking and breakage.
LVT: Luxury Vinyl Tile
The primary benefit of installing this type of material is its ability to actually look like wood, without the upkeep associated with wood flooring. Luxury Vinyl Tile is especially great in the bathroom because of its waterproof nature.
For floors, besides porcelain, you can use luxury vinyl tiles. It’s waterproof, has many different looks, and is easier to repair than porcelain.
While most people won’t cover their entire bathroom walls with porcelain tile, you can. You can also use shinier (i.e. glossier) paints. They’re more heat and water-resistant.
Glass dividers for showers are better looking and easier to care for than curtains. Squeegee them off after each use to keep them clean. They won’t mold or mildew if you do. Plus, you can use the squeegee on the walls too! It also creates a more open feel.