Is subway tile good for showers?

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Subway Tile Is Always Classic, Always Trendy
It's always fashionable. Like the little black dress, subway tile is the best choice if you want your bathroom to look great and retain its decor value through the years.

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Also know, can I use subway tile in a shower?

This is the most important part of subway tile showers: It's a piece of tile that's less than 1-2″. Avoid slivers at the ceiling, corners, and any transition (e.g. shower wall to shower floor). In this shower we used 4″x12″ subway tiles but the basic principles are the same for smaller tiles.

Additionally, what is the best tile for a shower? Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile are most commonly used, from the ubiquitous 4 1/4-inch white squares to large-format tiles of almost any size -- provided your installer is up to it. Glass and stone also make good tile for shower walls.

Keeping this in consideration, is subway tile in shower hard to keep clean?

Subway tile is inexpensive! Whatever tile you choose, take the time to apply a grout sealer (inexpensively picked up at a home improvement or hardware store). It's not hard to do and will be well worth it in the long run, making regular cleaning and maintenance much easier.

How much subway tile do I need for a shower?

Multiply the total square footage by the number of tiles needed per square foot: 1 square foot uses one 12-by-12-inch tile or four 6-by-6-inch tiles. For a 50-square-foot area, you would need 50 tiles if using 12-by-12-inch tiles, but 200 tiles -- 4 times 50 -- if using 6-by-6-inch tiles.

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Is subway tile going out of style?

Those rectangular shaped tiles are a timeless classic shape with the versatility and variety to fit any style. It's safe to say, based on Toni's point of view, that subway tiles will continue to grace homes in 2019 and beyond.

How long does it take to subway tile a shower?

Just the walls--2 days to tile 4 or 5 hours to grout.

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Should I use white grout in shower?

Generally speaking, white or light grout isn't as forgiving of discolorations and staining, and ends up requiring extra upkeep to make it look good. Darker grouts, on the other hand, can hide typical stains better, but they're more likely to fade or stain from cleaners.

Where do I start my subway tile shower?

If I were to tile the back wall of a shower or bathtub surround with subway tile I would generally start with a vertical center line. Then off of the center line I would draw the offset line. So for a typical 3×6 subway tile these two lines will be 3 inches apart.

How much should a tile shower cost?


The average cost to install tile in a shower ranges from $7 to $25 per square foot with most homeowners spending $270 to $780 for glazed ceramic, and from $499 to $1,440 for porcelain tiling. The cost to tile a walk-in shower with 84 SF of walls ranges from $546 to $2,100 depending on what type of material you select.

Does subway tile need spacers?

Most subway tile has grooves on the sides so you don't need to use spacers at all because it's an automatic 1/16″ grout line.

How do you clean white subway tiles in the shower?

You'll need one ounce of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap and water. When it's ready, spray your tiles and leave the cleaning solution on there for a couple of minutes. The vinegar and soap will work on breaking down grime.

Is subway tile more expensive to install?

Hiring a professional tiler to install subway tile could cost you an average of $40 to $150 per hour, excluding materials. The best local tile contractors may charge a minimum fee, plus extra for each complexity. Expect to pay $7 to $13 per square foot for materials, plus extra for sealant and grout.

Does white grout get dirty?

The grout in the photo, above, looks slightly darker – more like a really light gray which is a good idea if you don't think you can handle it when your white grout gets dirty. Because it will. Just make sure that you keep your scrub brush handy to keep the grout clean and fresh looking.

Is white tile hard to keep clean?


White ceramic tile is very stylish and clean looking. It does not show everyday dirt and dust unless you are at the floor level. Of course, white ceramic tile will show more if there is a spill. Anytime there is a spill on tile, it should be cleaned immediately so it doesn't absorb into the tile.

What color grout goes with white tile?

White grout tends to look modern when paired with white tile, while black grout helps white tile pop and look very classic—it's a very popular look for the farmhouse kitchen look. Both serve as neutrals with colorful, bold tile.

How do you install subway bathroom tile?

How to Install Subway Tile in a Bathroom
  1. What You Need. Sandpaper.
  2. Step 1: Prep the Walls. Make sure your walls are smooth and flat.
  3. Step 2: Attach Tile.
  4. Step 3: Insert Spacers.
  5. Step 4: Let Dry.
  6. Step 5: Remove Spacers.
  7. Step 6: Apply Grout.
  8. Step 7: Clean Tiles.

What shower tile is easiest to clean?

What Kinds of Bathroom Tile are the Easiest to Clean
  • Natural Stone Tile. If you are looking for a more natural look and feel in your bathroom, then natural stone tile will be a fantastic choice for you.
  • Glass Tile. Glass is one of the oldest tile material in the market today.
  • Polished Porcelain Tile.
  • Laminate Tile.
  • Vinyl Tile.

What tile is not slippery?


Ceramic/Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tile create a very smooth and durable surface. You are unlikely to trip on it. But, it is also one of the more slippery options available.

Which tile is best for bathroom walls?

The Best Options for Bathroom Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Tiles. Vinyl is the most popular bathroom flooring material, because of its low cost and high degree of practicality.
  • Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles.
  • Glass Tiles.
  • Stone Tiles.
  • Plastic Laminate Tiles.
  • Linoleum Floor Tiles.
  • Cork Tiles.

What type of tile is easiest to clean?

Many floor tiles are easy to clean; naturally, some are easier to clean than others. Easy to clean tiles include vinyl, polished porcelain and laminate—the last two are just as easy to clean as vinyl but, usually, much easier to keep clean than vinyl.