When it comes to bathroom walls and floors, tiles are a great choice. Not only are they water resistant, but they’re also easy to clean and maintain. They come in a range of sizes, shapes, and materials, so you can find the perfect tile to fit your style and budget. Tiles can add texture and color to your bathroom and can even be used to create a unique design. 

Of course, those aren’t the only advantages that they provide in the long run. In this article, we will take a look at their benefits in detail and decide which ones to focus on first, the walls or the floors.

Reasons to Invest in Tiles

  • Cost-Effective

Tiles may be more expensive than other alternative building materials, but they really save money in the long run. They Tiles are a practical choice for the walls and floors of a bathroom due to their longevity and resistance to moisture.

With all the benefits of a tiled bathroom, the question becomes whether the floor or the walls should be tiled first.

  • Easy to Maintain

You shouldn’t fear water, but you should fear the mold and mildew that thrive in damp places like the bathroom. Cleaning mold and mildew out of concrete, wood, and other surfaces is a daunting task. However, tiling your bathroom walls and floors will prevent them from growing and make it easy to maintain a spotless bathroom.

  • Heat Radiation

For the purpose of keeping warm air in your bathroom, tiles are the best option for flooring. They work in tandem with radiant heating to ensure that your toilet remains comfortably toasty year-round (especially stone tiles). The expansion and contraction caused by heating and cooling do not cause tiles to fracture or become damaged.

Tiles are also a great option because they are long-lasting and durable. Stone tiles have a predicted lifespan of over a century, while ceramic tiles have a lifespan of about 75 years, as reported by the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders).

  • Resistance to Moisture

Aside from the obvious problem of wetness, your bathroom needs to deal with a lot more. Bathroom tile and grout are especially vulnerable to damage from harsh cleansers, soaps, and newer shampoos. They are impervious to water and can last for quite some time in the damp conditions of a bathroom.

Why Should You Start with the Floor?

The tiled wall ‘hangs’ over the tiled floor, according to the tile installation principle. The simplest way to accomplish this is to tile the floor first so that the wall tile appears to be “sitting” on the tiled surface of the bathroom floor.

Some interior designers disagree with this commonsense approach and instead prefer to tile the walls and ceiling of the bathroom before moving on to the shower. Why? Because it’s inevitable that some mortar and tiles will end up there as you tile the wall.  As a result, your floor could get damaged, and your bathroom renovation could end up taking longer than expected.

If you insist on tiling the floor first, you can prevent harm to your newly laid tiles by covering them with a drop cloth or another tile-sensitive material while you tile the walls.

Why Should You Start with the Wall?

A suspended tile look on previously tiled walls could be risky to achieve. When tiling a room, it’s best to start with the walls to reduce the likelihood of accidents. The walls will turn out better if you think about how the tiled wall will hang over the floor initially.

Experts leave room for the floor tile to be installed after the wall tile is done using a ledger or space saver. When tiling a floor, always start with the tile closest to the wall and work your way outward.  Incorporating the wall overhang scenario into the tiling process is a breeze using the above method.

You may improve the look of your bathroom and its waterproofing by carefully trimming the tiles around the walls and corners.


Nothing beats your unique preferences and convenience, regardless of the noise and distractions from every direction. If you’re tiling the floors before the walls, you’ll need to wait for the mortar to dry before moving on to the walls, and you might not have that much time.

In contrast, you may want an aesthetically pleasing bathroom but are concerned about breaking the floor tiles while you tile the walls. Because of such exceptions, individual preference prevails. Even yet, conventional wisdom holds that hiring a professional bathroom designer for consultation can be the most effective way to get to the bottom of the problem.

If you are looking for a reliable company that specializes in bathroom remodels and tiling in San Rafael, CA, look no further than our expertise here at Miconi. Our company has been family-owned and operational since 1994, and we offer a wide range of services that will make your home look even more stylish than before. Call us today and let us discuss about your dream renovation designs.