While all flooring types have particular strengths and advantages, Flowers Flooring has found that tile is one of the most versatile flooring types to use in any room of your home or business. The appearance and texture of tile has come a long way in the past several years, which allows it to work well with any décor. Let’s look at the best benefits of installing tile floors in your home.
Tile is extremely resilient when it comes to staining and wear and tear. Tile performs extremely well in high traffic areas; however, it does not have strong impact resistance, so if you drop a heavy object on tile, it’s prone to cracking. Check with your Flowers Flooring sales associate or estimate technician about the break strength specifications for your tile selections.
Carpets collect dirt and debris and need to be cleaned regularly. Tile does not need to be cleaned as often or as intensely as carpet. Tile is also easier and less time consuming to care for than other flooring types, such as hardwood. For most tile types you only need to mop once a week. If there’s not a lot of foot traffic on the tile you can get away with just sweeping and spot cleaning weekly.
In addition to being easy to clean, tile is also easy to maintain. Applying sealer every three to four years is enough to preserve its integrity. Grout around the tile holds it in place to ensure there is no water damage to the floor underneath.
While carpet tends to retain heat, tile has great cooling properties and remains cool on hot summer days. When the temperature and humidity sky rocket during the summer months in North Carolina, tile remains cool and is a good way to help lower your air conditioning bill. Tile also helps lower your heating bill in the winter, as it serves as a form of insulation. Tile is also eco-friendly as it is usually made out of raw materials like glass, sand and clay.
Tile’s longevity pays for itself. When you take good care of your tile with simple maintenance and cleaning, it can last for decades. When you factor the initial cost of purchasing the tile and installation with their longevity and lack of costly maintenance, it becomes crystal clear that tiles are worth every penny.
In addition to selecting a tile design (style, size and color), you also get to select the tile pattern for tile installation, such as a basket weave, herringbone or brickwork to name a few. Click here to view a diagram of tile patterns. This allows to get creative and select the best tile and tile pattern for your home.
Installation of tile in your home can prove to be profitable in the long run if you are going to put your house on the market. Adding a tile floor increases its resale value and could add thousands of dollars to your home’s value.
Tiles are fired in a kiln at very high temperatures, which eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOC). This is an important benefit as VOCs contribute to a wide range of health problems. Other forms of flooring such as vinyl and carpet have low VOC output, but no other flooring type can compare to tile.