Glass Tile VS Ceramic Tile

By Keith Nadolny,

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At Renovo Stone, we understand when choosing to remodel your bathroom, you might have a hundred ideas rushing through your head. This is totally normal! While selecting your tile may not be the most glamorous of decisions, it can help you really tie the look of your bathroom or kitchen together. There are so many tile products on the market, that it can be hard to figure out exactly which option makes the most sense for you. That’s why we have a list of the pros and cons of two of the most popular types of tiles: glass and ceramic.



Glass tile is beautiful to look at. It can offer your kitchen or bathroom a unique look since glass comes in all sorts of shapes, designs, and colors. This means that your design options are pretty open, so whatever the vision may be, you can make it a reality. Keep in mind glass naturally reflects light; if you are looking for a brighter and larger-looking space, then the glass tile is the way to go. One of the best features about glass tile is that it is super low maintenance. When it’s time to clean, you just need some window cleaner and cloth. This is why the shower area is perfect for glass tile because soap build up is so common and can easily be wiped away. Finally, glass tile is translucent. Whatever color you choose will show all through the tile, adding a unique layer of depth and dimension to your space.


The problems with glass tile are limited, but they do exist. If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, this may frustrate you. We strongly recommend hiring our professional tile installer to handle the project for you. Glass tiles can be, on average, quite a bit pricier than their ceramic counterparts. With that in mind, glass might make for a better accent than it would for an entire wall if you are on a budget. While glass tiles are super easy to clean, the reflective nature makes it quite easy to spot any imperfections. Fingerprints, dirt, grime, and anything else that makes its way into your bathroom will be more visible with glass. If you don’t regularly wipe down your tiles, glass might not be the best option for you. Finally, the slippery surface of glass isn’t the best for floor use. If you do want glass floor tiles, consider a smaller sized tile with a matte finish to add some traction. You will also want to consider some non-slip sealant to ensure everything stays in place.



When it comes down to it, ceramic is a great option first and foremost because of the price. It’s much more affordable than glass, meaning it can cover large areas of your bathroom without breaking your budget. Also, ceramic is a good option for those who love to do things themselves. While it’s always smarter to hire a professional to ensure the best possible outcome, ceramic tile is much easier to install than glass. Just be prepared for the amount of work this entails. Ceramic is long lasting too, meaning that it will be just fine through normal wear and tear through the years. Plus, with the right cleaning supplies, you can make your ceramic tile last even longer—and it’s easy to care for. If you are worried about your options, don’t be. There are hundreds of tile colors and textures to choose from, meaning that your space will be highly customizable. Ceramic tile also offers quite a few trim options, meaning that you can add visual interest to your design.


Ceramic tile does tend to be a little bit chillier under your feet than a glass option would be during the colder months of the year. Adding a rug to the tiled bathroom floor will work just fine. If a rug isn’t your style, you can also consider installing a heated floor mat to eliminate that issue. While we say that ceramic works for do-it-yourself folks, not everyone will feel confident doing that on their own. If you want to be absolutely sure that you’ll love the final result, call Renovo Stone and one of our professionals can handle it. Finally, ceramic tile is handmade. This means that you should expect some irregularities and imperfections when it comes to the final appearance.


Whichever option you choose for your bathroom, we know that you will be happy with the outcome. Renovo Stone offers some of the finest tile options available, meaning that you can customize your bathroom in any way you see fit. We would be happy to guide you as you select the right patterns, colors, and materials to change up your space. And, if you have further questions about our tile options and which we think would be best for your bathroom, just ask! Our professionals are knowledgeable when it comes to tile, and friendly when it comes to customer service. Please contact Keith at Renovo Stone.

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