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Installing New Floors? Four Reasons to Choose Tile

kitchenfloor2-1024x768When it comes to getting your floors done, there are two main factors to consider. The first is design and aesthetic appeal. The second is functionality and ease of maintenance. For most homeowners, these two factors are equally important. A plain concrete floor may be functional in some situations, but doesn’t add much in the way of design. On the other hand, fine carpet may add a lot of visual appeal, but is highly prone to damage and requires regular maintenance.

This is why homeowners and designers often consider tile—and not just for bathrooms. When carefully selected and professionally installed, the visual results of tile floors are stunning in any room. In terms of user-friendliness and life span, few flooring types can match it. While tile floors may not be right for every situations, here are five of the most important reasons to consider tile over other flooring materials.

We were recently interviewed by NC Homes magazine, and we thought we’d share our responses with you as a series of blog entries.

1. It’s Strong
Out of all the surfaces in your home (except for the roof), your floors are subject to the most wear and tear. They bear the weight of countless footsteps, furniture rearranging and other activities. Tile works because it’s incredibly strong and durable. And if a tile happens to break or show defects, replacement is relatively simple and contained.
2. It’s Easy to Maintain
Unlike other floors (such as hardwood) which require delicate treatment and cleaning, tile is easily cleaned with simple tools. A good mop and a bucket of soapy water is all you need in most cases. There’s no need to tiptoe around tile, or worry too much about damaging it. A dropped glass of red wine will probably result in the need to carefully clean glass, but when the absence of staining is considered, many homeowners find the trade-off to be worthwhile.
3. It Looks Beautiful
It’s a common myth that tile results in boring or monotonous floors. There are an endless numbers of colors, textures, shapes and sizes to choose from. Design options have exploded in recent years, leading to some of most visually appealing floors seen anywhere. Triangular tiles, planks, very large squares and many other shapes are now common. It’s also possible to use tile that has been through a process of high resolution printing. Tile is being used to mimic other attractive types of flooring—including hardwood, carpet and stone—without the high costs and maintenance issues.
4. It’s Green
Whatever the color, tile is one of the most eco-friendly flooring options available. It’s made from materials that are entirely natural, and does not emit harmful odors or chemicals. The products used to place tile are also natural and will not damage the environment. Homeowners who lean toward environmentally responsible solutions often choose tile for this reason, in addition to its design appeal and affordability.

Is Tile the Right Choice for You?

If you’re undecided about what type of flooring to use in one or several rooms, tile is a worthy contender. It has distinct merits in form, function, and environmental friendliness—not to mention being one of the most affordable flooring solutions out there. Check out these tile floors for inspiration on how tile can look when professionally installed.

Thanks for reading! We look forward to your tile-related questions or comments in the area below.