Houston Bathroom Tile

by Marcus Pickett

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Few people have the same flooring material throughout their entire home. Not only would this feel monotonous, but some flooring materials are tailored for some areas of your home. Not many homeowners elect to install tile in their living rooms and bedrooms. Likewise, carpet doesn't work for kitchens, and wood flooring is impractical for many bathrooms. It doesn't take long to figure this out. What you may not immediately realize is just how big a difference a new flooring tile installation can make in your bathroom. That old tile floor or ugly, cheap linoleum is quite possibly the chief culprit for holding back an otherwise beautiful bathroom. New bathroom tile in a Houston remodeling project could very well determine the overall success of your bathroom transformation.

Houston Flooring Tile
While tile, in general, is one of the most durable and cost-effective flooring materials in a number of rooms, especially bathrooms, not all tiles are created equally. Ceramic tile is a bit cheaper than stone tile but is more susceptible to chipping and other structural damage. Stone tile can last a lifetime but is more difficult to maintain as it should be periodically sealed to prevent stains. Ceramic tile is better for more colorful and creative applications and bathroom decorating; the elegant look of natural stone, however, is hard to beat for a truly luxurious bathroom look.

Houston Bathroom Tile Ideas
All kinds of visually appealing tile arrangements are out there for your bathroom and other tile applications. Using two different colors can create interesting visual effects or a sharp-looking border. Contrasting your tile color with a different color grout can really help emphasize your new floor. The size of your tile will also play an important role in the overall appearance of your floor. Larger tile can help smaller bathrooms appear more spacious, although you'll want to make sure you can fit at least three tiles across.

Here are a few more ideas suggested by Houston homeowners who recently completed a tile installation:

"If you don't have 1/4 round molding and they don't suggest it, ask for an estimate. It made all the difference in the world around the baseboards."

"Spend extra to get the decorative tile you want, and you will be so glad you did."

Cost of Houston Bathroom Tile
Part of what HomeAdvisor has to offer homeowners is valuable information on both a national and local level about home improvement projects. For all the information out there saying that stone tile costs considerably more than ceramic tile, we don't see a significant difference in the cost of the two projects. The average cost of a ceramic tile installation is about $1,800, compared to $2,100 for stone tile. This discrepancy is easily explained, though. Just for the material, ceramic tile will generally cost somewhere between $5-$15 per sq. ft. while stone tile costs somewhere between $7-$20 per sq. ft. Many homeowners out there may want stone tile but still have to work within a budget. If you're facing similar circumstances, there's usually a way to make it work. These overall average costs include both small bathroom and large kitchen projects. Your Houston flooring tile installation can cost less than $1,000 or $4,000 or more depending on the tile you choose and the size of your floor.

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Project Length of Houston Bathroom Tile Installation
While the cost of installation probably won't differ that much, stone tile generally takes an extra day or two to install just because stone is a littler heavier and more challenging to work with. Our data shows that total project length generally runs right around a week. Some Houston flooring tile contractors may charge more; others may actually specialize in the installation of stone tile. On the other hand, the advice these contractors offer about which type of tile will work best in your home may be just as valuable as the installation itself. Huge chain stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe's, may offer what seem like deals, but feedback coming from homeowners is that these stores also over-charge for installation. Houston bathroom tile installers will make sure you get the right tile and a professional installation at a great price.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.