These recycled aluminum tiles are one of my favorite additions to our master eco-friendly bathroom remodel. When I ordered them, I was prepared for failure since there isn’t much information out there about tiles like these in a bathroom floor application. Luckily, it worked out fine.
We chose 100% recycled aluminum tiles from Eco-Friendly Flooring, Inc. The finish is vibrated aluminum. The price also includes a lifetime sealant. I wanted 12×12″ tiles, but they had so many 8×8″ tiles, they gave me a break on the price if I took those. I’m glad I did because the smaller tiles look better.
The reason we bought them is primarily that they are 100% recycled. I will admit that after searching far and wide for eco-friendly tile to accompany them, I diverted. The blue glass tiles in the photo are not recycled, but they are Ann Sacks and stunning. We like the contemporary look of metal and glass together.
The look of each tile is unique. Some have big metal chunks in them while some have hammered indentations. These features add to the slip resistance. Though they have a slightly shiny finish, they have more traction than standard porcelain tiles. I left the reflection from my window in the photo so you can get a feel for the shine.
Caring for this tile is easy. At the time of purchase, you may have Eco-Friendly Flooring put a lifetime sealer on the tile. It’s $2.00 per square foot and well worth it. Did you hear that? These tiles will never have to be sealed again. You clean them with dish soap and water.
Other benefits include that the reflection and inconsistencies in the tile hide all sorts of sins. I have thick, long, brown hair and I shed. No one notices because the tile hides the hair.
One negative is that the tiles do get cold in the morning, but I’m a wimp like that. I thought about installing radiant heat below them but decided it was foolish in a mostly eco-friendly bathroom where the average temperature outside is 70 degrees F. These tiles also require a special mortar which cost us about an extra $100, but that was nothing relative to the scale of the job.
The luxurious alternative is Bio Luminum tiles. I really wanted these, having been an expat. If they could have guaranteed my tiles came from a Cathay Pacific 747, I would have found a way to make it work. These tiles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled aluminum from reclaimed aircraft parts. If memory serves me correctly, I was quoted about $300 per square foot.
Airplane fuselages aside, I’m very happy with my floor. I also must give props to Melissa and Erin at Eco Friendly Flooring for holding my hand through the process.