Create a spa retreat with materials you can trust.
Steams rooms and steam showers in a spa, hotel, gym, and even your own home, create a space for you to unwind and experience therapeutic relaxation. The surface material chosen for steam environments plays an important role in ensuring longevity and functionality. Floor and wall coverings must be durable enough to withstand constant exposure to heat and moisture.
The benefits of ceramic tile for both steam rooms and steam showers are primarily the same. However, it is important to note that steam showers are typically found in residential spaces, while steam rooms are more commonly found in commercial spaces. Both steam rooms and steam showers use steam generators to create the steam. Steam rooms typically have separate showers, whereas a steam shower can function as both a shower and steam room. Also, the installation methods for commercial steam rooms and residential steam showers are different since steam rooms can experience continuous use. Pro tip: Steam rooms and steam showers should not be confused with saunas. Saunas produce heat differently than steam rooms and steam showers. Saunas are kept at a lower temperature, and they produce dry heat rather than heat and humidity.
While the high levels of humidity in steam rooms and steam showers can pose challenges for many surface materials, ceramic tile, when properly installed and maintained, is part of a waterproof assembly system to protect floors and walls from the damage of heat and moisture. A waterproof installation system is critical for keeping residual moisture from damaging underlayment construction where it can also create an active breeding ground for mold.
Ceramic tile is made of naturally-occurring raw materials baked to a hard surface that is resistant to warping, cracking, and scratching and does not support the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Likewise, allergens cannot penetrate ceramic tile’s hard-baked surface and can easily be wiped away. These durability features and a simple cleaning routine makes it easy to keep ceramic tile surfaces hygienic and looking pristine in a steam environment. Ceramic tiles are manufactured to maintain high performance in extreme conditions, making them a smart option for commercial steam rooms in continuous use. Moreover, ceramic tile is available in slip-resistant options specifically categorized for use in areas exposed to moisture.
In addition to functional benefits, ceramic tile offers a diverse range of design possibilities, helping to create the ultimate aesthetic appeal of a steam environment. Whether pursuing a spa-like design in marble looks, the glamour of gemstones, or a minimalist contemporary look, ceramic tile is available for your specific design needs.
Ceramic tile provides hygienic, durable, and beautiful designs for steam room spaces that encourage rejuvenation and relaxation.
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