Question: Why is ceramic and porcelain tile installed on floors and walls so often in bathrooms?
Answer: Because it’s waterproof and the bathroom is the wettest room in the house.
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First, there are two basic types of tile. People tend to use the word “tile” as though it’s all the same thing, but they really are made a little differently and that might affect your installation.
Ceramic is thinner, less dense and slightly less impervious to water. For that reason, ceramic is used frequently on walls. It does, however, have a hard, protective glaze that makes it fine for floors that have lighter foot traffic, such as bathrooms and bedrooms, where people are usually shoe-less anyway.
Porcelain is more dense and durable, as well as more impervious to water, It can stand up to heavy foot traffic and, for that reason, it’s installed on the floor. (Note: Since porcelain is heavy, it may not be best to install on floors where the structure isn’t solid. If that’s the case, go with ceramic.)