If you are in the planning stages of a remodel of your home, odds are the topic of tile has either been brought up, or it soon will be. Tile is a popular flooring and wall covering option because it’s available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and shapes. Tile is also an extremely durable and low-maintenance option. Yet somehow, it’s still not the right fit for everyone.
If you are unsure about where you stand on tile as a decorative option in your home, here are some of the pros and cons of using it. Hopefully, the information provided here can help you make your decision for your family’s needs.
BENEFITS OF INSTALLING TILE – You may not even be thinking about your home’s resale value during your remodel, but you might want to. Tile is a product that can improve your home’s appeal and is often looked for in a home, much like hardwood flooring is. If maintained properly, tile flooring can last for years, much longer than most other flooring options. It is also an ideal flooring choice for those who suffer from allergies because tiles don’t trap dirt and dust and they are made from non-toxic materials. Tile flooring is an excellent choice for pet owners, as well. Tile does not trap odors, and accidents are easy to clean up. The hard surface of the tile is also strong enough to stand up to a dog’s nails. Tile is one of the easiest types of floors to clean. Simply sweep or vacuum it, and your work is done. Spills are easy to clean and as long as the tile is sealed properly, liquids won’t affect it.
DISADVANTAGES OF USING TILE – Despite the popularity, tile is not for everybody, and the reasons some may not want it varies. For instance, if you don’t have a radiant floor heating system, a tile floor can be cold. Tile can also be one of the most challenging types of flooring for a DIY homeowner to install. It requires a lot of tile cutting, mortar, grout and sealant. Mortar is particularly hard to get accustomed to because it dries so quickly. Tiles with glazed coatings can be dangerous to walk on if they get wet because moisture makes them slippery. Therefore, if you want to use glazed tile in your home, you want to ensure you choose tile with anti-slip technology. Lastly, tile flooring can get chipped if something heavy is dropped on it or it takes a lot of punishing foot traffic. If a tile gets chipped or cracked, then repairing it can be difficult and time-consuming. It’s often a job that’s too much of a challenge for the casual DIY homeowner to accomplish, meaning you’ll have to pay someone to ensure the new tile fits seamlessly in place.
IS TILE FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME – People either love or hate tile, usually for the reasons listed above. If you’re thinking of tiling your home, make sure you do your own research and visit your local hardware, tile or carpet store to see what’s available. The most important part of tiling is doing the installation properly. If you get that down, and you practice good routine maintenance, then the rest is easy and your tile floor will endure for many, many years.
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