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4 Drawbacks of Using Tile in Commercial Bathrooms

When it comes to designing a commercial bathroom, there are a lot of material decisions to make. One of the most important choices is what type of materials to use. The materials specified can impact occupant safety, especially in commercial buildings that deal with vulnerable populations like healthcare facilities. While commercial bathroom tile is a popular and sometimes inexpensive option, there are some potential drawbacks to consider, some of which involve safety and durability.

Here are a few reasons why tile may not be the best choice for a commercial bathroom:


One of the biggest concerns with commercial bathroom tile is that it can be slippery, especially when wet. This can pose a safety hazard for staff and occupants alike. While there are slip-resistant tile options available, they can be more expensive and may not be as aesthetically pleasing as traditional tile.

Grout lines

Tile requires grout lines, which can be difficult to clean and maintain in commercial bathrooms. Grout can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and over time can become discolored. This can make the bathroom look dirty and unappealing to customers.


Commercial bathroom tile is extremely susceptible to damage. Heavy items dropped on the floor can crack or break commercial floor tiles, and over time the grout can wear down and become damaged. This can lead to costly repairs or replacements down the road.


Keeping a tile clean and maintained can be time-consuming and require special cleaning products. In a commercial bathroom, where cleanliness is paramount, this can be a significant consideration, especially in environments like healthcare.

Overall, while commercial bathroom tile may be a popular choice for bathrooms, it is important to consider the potential drawbacks before making a final decision. Slipperiness, grout lines, durability, and maintenance are all factors to consider when selecting the right commercial bathroom flooring.

Prism™ Solid Surface can give you the look of tile without the mold-packed grout lines. Our Decorative Prism™ Solid Surface shower walls are manufactured to give a tile-like appearance and have antimicrobial properties to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. With Prism™, your facilities can continue to maintain the highest standard of hygiene.

To learn more about how Prism™ Solid Surface can work for your commercial bathroom, contact our Interior & Architectural Department today.