Tile Flooring: Is it right for you?
Tile flooring is one of the most popular and versatile flooring options for homeowners. Tile flooring comes in a variety of materials, colors, shapes and sizes, and can create a beautiful and durable surface for any room. However, tile flooring also has some drawbacks that you should consider before installing it in your home. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the pros and cons of tile flooring that you need to know. Pros of Tile Flooring
Durability: Tile flooring is very resistant to wear and tear, scratches, stains, water damage and fading. Tile flooring can last for decades with proper installation and maintenance12. Tile flooring also has a rating system that indicates its suitability for different areas of your home. Class I tiles are suitable for walls only, while Class V tiles are suitable for heavy traffic areas like hallways or kitchens2.
Low maintenance: Tile flooring is very easy to clean and maintain. You only need to sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt, and mop occasionally with mild soap and water to keep it shiny12. Tile flooring does not require waxing or polishing like some other types of flooring.
Variety: Tile flooring offers a wide range of options for design, style and budget. You can choose from different materials like ceramic, porcelain, natural stone or glass; different colors from neutral to vibrant; different shapes from square to hexagonal; different sizes from small to large; and different patterns from simple to intricate12. You can also mix and match tiles to create your own unique look.
Hygienic: Tile flooring is non-porous and does not harbor dust mites, allergens or bacteria. Tile flooring is also resistant to mold and mildew growth12. This makes tile flooring ideal for people with allergies or asthma.
Cons of Tile Flooring
Hardness: Tile flooring is very hard and rigid, which can be uncomfortable for your feet or joints if you stand or walk on it for long periods12. You may want to use rugs or mats to cushion your feet or add some warmth. It is possible to crack if something heavy falls on it or if there is uneven subflooring underneath it12. This is more of a problem with ceramic tile, we mostly use porcelain which is tougher.
Coldness: Tile flooring does not retain heat well and can feel cold underfoot especially in winter12. While not as common here in the south you may want to install radiant heating under your tile floor. Alternately you can wear slippers or socks when walking on tile floors.
Slipperiness: Tile flooring can be slippery when wet or polished12. This can pose a safety hazard especially for children or elderly people who may slip and fall on it. You may want to use non-slip mats in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. They also make tile meant for wet areas such as around pools or outdoor walkways.
Noise: Tile flooring does not absorb sound well and can create a lot of noise when you walk on it with shoes or drop something on it12. This can be annoying for you or your neighbors if you live in an apartment building. You may want to use rugs over high traffic areas.
Conclusion Tile flooring is a great option for homeowners who want a durable, low-maintenance and versatile floor that can suit any style preference. However, tile flooring also has some disadvantages that you should weigh before making your final decision. We hope this blog post has helped you understand some of the pros and cons of tile flooring. If you have any questions about tile flooring or need help with choosing the best type of tile for your home, please contact us today.
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