Floor and wall tiles are a popular choice for bathrooms due to their easy-cleaning and waterproof properties.
Choosing suitable tiles for your home is key to the overall aesthetic that you are trying to achieve. Here at Roccia, we have plenty of tiles for you to choose from, including porcelain bathroom tiles, slate-effect, metallic-effect and much more.
In this blog, we’ll look at how you can integrate matching floor and wall tiles into your home, including what rooms matching tiles work best in and the difference between the two.
The Difference Between Floor and Wall Tiles
While there is little to no noticeable distinction in the appearance of floor and wall tiles, the main difference is their properties for hardness and slipperiness. The coefficient of friction (COF) rating helps establish whether a specific tile is suitable for flooring or wall use.
Tiles are a practical choice for your bathroom floor, instead of other materials like natural wood; tiles do not get damaged when they come into contact with water — especially porcelain floor tiles, which absorb less than 0.5% of water.
Floor tiles have to withstand heavy foot traffic and so must meet certain friction requirements to guarantee safety. You should always choose a COF rating of 0.50 or greater for floor tiles — tiles for outdoor use differ and will usually reach a COF of up to 0.60.
Wall tiles are much thinner and lighter, which is great for small bathrooms in particular, where you need to make the most of the space available. These tiles do not need to factor in friction or traction and can be made from glass and other such materials. Our bathroom wall tiles are highly durable and manufactured to last, using various types of clay and a robust glaze.
The glaze used on the tiles is not naturally intended to be load-bearing with furnishings such as shelves or heavy units, so always make sure that you have installed the right type of tile for your bathroom walls before fixing or drilling.
It’s good to know that many of our bathroom wall tiles are engineered using waterjet cutting, allowing us to cut through almost any material with extreme precision so you can create the most intricate and unique designs for your bathroom.
Matching Bathroom Floor and Wall Tiles
Whatever style you have in mind, from highly durable bathroom floor or water-resistant wall tiles, we have a wide variety for you to choose from. By matching your floor and wall tiles, it’s easy to create a seamless look by combining and contrasting styles.
Each style we have available is unique and can complement any existing interior design you have in place whilst also possessing the capability to form the basis of any new projects.
Bathroom floor tiles come with the benefit of being easy to clean with a durable finish. This means that your bathroom can look brand new for even longer due to the solid and protective coating. Using tiles on your bathroom floor offers a low maintenance solution, requiring little effort to keep them looking fresh.
Many of our bathroom floor tiles have different textures or a grained surface, which can provide additional grip to minimise the risk of slips and falls — we find these tiles are popular for the elderly or families with young children. We refer to these tiles as ‘anti-slip tiles’, so be sure to speak to our advisors about these tiles if you want to improve the overall safety of your bathroom flooring.
Our experienced design team can help you choose the right combination of floor and wall tiles.
The Benefits of Fully Tiling your Bathroom
Fully tiled bathrooms have tiles on both the floor and wall (up to the ceiling). Often, they replace the need for a windowsill too, which are tiled for an all-around sleek finish.
There are many benefits to a fully tiled bathroom, including saving time and money. Without the need for painting, skirting boards or skimming the walls, you can achieve a timeless look that will always look fresh.
Each of our bathroom floor tiles is treated with a robust glaze capable of withstanding high levels of foot traffic. Some of our tiles are also made from different types of clay to ensure they maintain their structural integrity for an extended period. Not only are they thick, but they possess water-resistant properties to ensure they do not get damaged when they come into contact with moisture and water.
When you buy bathroom tiles from Roccia, you can rely on quality, strength and durability. We’re proud to offer an extensive selection of tiles at our Tile showroom Preston. Choose from a variety of colours, sizes, shapes and styles.
Get in touch using our online enquiry form, and one of our helpful team will answer any queries you may have. Alternatively, please give us a call on 01772 550 900 to discuss your requirements.