Essential Bathroom Remodeling Terminology
You Should Be Familiar With

A Guide For Understanding The Words
Bath Remodel Contractors Use Most

In the world of bathroom remodeling, there are terms the average homeowner should become familiar with when considering a remodel of this caliber.

A rough definition, idea, or image may come to mind when thinking of the words vanity, tile, grout, and backsplash – but what do all of these terms entail when bath remodeling companies use them?

There is much to consider when understanding the advantages and disadvantages of these terms – so let’s dive into the specifics.

Bath Remodeling Term #1: Vanity

Without going too far into its history and evolution, bath remodeling companies consider bathroom vanities to be the table and sink area underneath the bathroom mirror with various drawers and storage.

The first thing many people wonder is why the word “vanity” is used within the context of a bathroom fixture in the first place – is it a fixture used for conceit, pride, and selfishness like the word suggests? In reality, it’s not – although the bathroom vanity is primarily used for cosmetic tasks.

The bathroom vanity includes cabinetry, drawers, and storage, and it may or may not come with a top.

Whether the vanity comes with a sink or not depends on the cut-out type and if the sink’s basins are integrated as one continuous piece.

Here’s a look at some of the most common bathroom vanity types – assuming they come with a top designed for a sink basin:

Cut-Out Tops

Tops to these vanities will have a large hole cut out where a sink can be installed. They can come as a single cut-out for one sink or a double cut-out for two sinks.

Vessel Tops

Vanities with this design have a small hole instead of a large cut-out – to place the sink basin atop the vanity itself in a raised fashion. These vanity sinks have been trending in recent years, adding a modern look to a bathroom.

Integrated Tops

This is a ubiquitous choice as they include the vanity top and sink in one continuous piece. As with cut-out tops, these come with a single and double sink option. One advantage of this sink type is that it’s one continuous piece requiring no fusing or caulking.

Bath Remodeling Term #2: Tile

You likely know what bathroom tile is – but let’s dive into the specifics you may have not yet thought about regarding tile material.

Bath remodeling companies and bath remodel contractors have various quirks when dealing with tile because there are countless options and possibilities.

5 Common Types Of Tile And Their Advantages

  1. Ceramic – this is one of the most common types of tile material. It’s easy to cut into custom sizes and has many available colors and designs.
  2. Porcelain – while this is made from the same material as ceramic, it’s ground less finely, making it more durable and stylish.
  3. Vinyl – also known as “LVT” tile is extremely durable and can look as good as hardwood or stone. Many companies are beginning to include this in their bathroom remodels.
  4. Limestone – this type of tile is best for bathrooms going for a natural look and feel as it more closely resembles what you would see in nature without processing.
  5. Acrylic – while this technically isn’t a tile, it’s being used more and more in showers in place of tile due to its non-porous nature. Acrylic is hands down the best for durability and versatility. In recent years, acrylic has been beating out the other tile types in terms of maintenance and overall quality while maintaining a true “tile look.”

Tile Everywhere!

Tile can be used as the floor, walls, and even ceiling material for your bathroom remodel – that’s right, the ceiling!

While it isn’t as common a practice to place tiles on the ceiling as on the floor or walls, it has the advantage of repelling humidity and moisture. With proper installation from a quality bath remodeling company or bath remodel contractor, you will never have to worry about them falling down!

Bath Remodeling Term #3: Grout

We can’t talk about tile without talking about grout – the companion to tiles that fills the imperfect gaps in between, giving a seamless finish. Grout adds beauty and durability to your tiles while allowing for more color to your overall bathroom remodel.

Grout comes in various colors, consistencies, and chemical mixtures, each having advantages and disadvantages depending on the tile. We could spend all day discussing the color and material combinations with grout – so long as you understand that it is a concrete-like mixture molded between tiles, you’re good to go.

Make sure you ask your bath remodeling company or bath remodel contractor about the grout material and color, as this can sometimes be overlooked.

Bath Remodeling Term #4: Backsplash

There’s a reason to mention the backsplash last – it combines the three terms above! Simply put, a backsplash is placed behind and around the vanity and typically extends several inches to a foot in height.

They can, however, extend up to the ceiling so long as the purpose of the backsplash remains – to prevent water and other liquid debris from splashing against the walls behind it.

As with tiles, there are many choices in material for backsplashes, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

From a design perspective, this could be another opportunity for you to add an accent color to your bathroom redesign.

Still Curious About Bathroom Remodeling Terminology?

Of course, there are many more words and terms bath remodeling companies and bath remodel contractors use that we haven’t yet discussed.

While the bathroom is one of the smaller rooms in your home, a lot goes into reimagining and redesigning it from a design and modernity perspective to an accessibility and functionality perspective.

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