Looking for a good floor option for your home build or remodel? Ceramic tile, which has been a “go to” floor solution for cultures all over the world for thousands of years, may very well be your best contemporary choice. Here are 7 reasons why:
Reason 1: Longevity
When considering initial costs versus longevity, it becomes quite clear that ceramic tile overall offers the best “dollar per mile” of any flooring surface. Ceramic tile’s limited upkeep and maintenance adds to its value even further.
Reason 2: Versatility
Tile has a finish and style to adapt to any décor; from southwest to cosmopolitan, there is a texture and a color to fit every need. There is an unlimited variety to tile, from bright vibrant colors to muted tones and everything in between, and a brief trip to any tile house or home improvement retailer will prove this point.
There is a tile option for nearly any application, and your imagination and creativity are your only limitations when installing tile. Tile’s adaptability has been exploited throughout Europe, and examples for tile floors can be seen in kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms.
Reason 3: Repair-ability
When a breakage does occur, repairing tile is far simpler than fixing hardwood or plank flooring. Completing tile repairs typically takes less time than repairing a wood floor, or even a composite flooring surface. It is important to keep several pieces of tile left over from your installation for these repair needs.
The ancient Romans saw the benefit of tile in its durability, and this fact is not lost on us modern folks. Romans originally used tile in a utilitarian manner, but it was soon obvious even to them that a decorative element could be introduced to tiling.
Reason 4: Adaptability
Thanks to the variety of sizing options of ceramic tiles, design flexibility is drastically improved. You can opt for smaller 6″ x 6″ tiles, all the way up to the 24″ x 24″, as well as the squaring options, such as “brick and block” or “Flemish” style joints.
Flooring has always been the number one usage of ceramic tile, you aren’t limited to just floors. You can match your floor to your tile walls, or contrast the two to make your project stand out even more.
Reason 5: Install-ability
Generally speaking, the installation process for ceramic tile floors is a project easily completed by the average do-it-yourselfer. The basic procedure involves prepping the area, gauging the space, installing the tile, and grouting finished the project.
Reason 6: Value Appreciation
Potential buyers will certainly take notice of a well installed and designed tile floor. With its attractive style and impressive presentation, a good tile floor can add thousands of dollars in potential value to prospective customers
Reason 7: Low Maintenance
While no floor remains entirely maintenance free, ceramic tile comes about as close at it can to being service free. Short of the application of the occasional sealant, applied once every four years or so, tile requires only the regular cleaning that any flooring surface would require.