These days, you have so many flooring options, it can feel overwhelming trying to decide which is the right choice for you. Should you install carpeting? Hardwood? Tear it all out and just stain the concrete? They’re all valid choices, each with its own pros and cons depending on your décor and lifestyle. In this post, though, we discuss the benefits of tile flooring.
Available in a wide array of colors, textures, styles, and sizes, tile flooring works with just about any décor. Whatever statement you want your home to make, there’s a tile option.
1. The Versatility of Tile Flooring
Whatever your decorative style, there’s a tile flooring option for you.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay and come in an enormous array of styles, colors, and designs. You can even get the look of a hardwood floor with the easy maintenance of tile thanks to ceramic.
Natural stone tiles are exactly what they sound like: formed of natural stone. Popular options include granite, slate, marble, quartz, and travertine.
A variety of finishes and textures offer even more customization options to ensure your flooring matches your home’s aesthetic. For example, a polished finish gives your tiles a high shine while honing gives your flooring a soft, velvety look. Want floors that look aged? Then choose tumbling or an antique brush finish.
2. Tile Flooring Is Low Maintenance
One of the best things about tile floors is that they’re so low maintenance. You can mostly get by with a broom or dust mop and a bit of spot cleaning when there’s a spill. And, once or twice a month, you may want to attack high traffic areas with a mop.
Once or twice a year, you can do a bit of deep cleaning on your tile’s grout. But even that’s fairly simple. Just grab a pair of gloves, a small soft brush, and some grout cleaner. Then, every three years or so, add a coat of sealant to help preserve the tile’s surface.
That’s it! Unless they take a lot of abuse, this basic maintenance should ensure your tile floors last for decades.
3. Tile Flooring Is Allergy-Free
These days, lots of families have at least one member who has respiratory sensitivities like allergies and asthma. The wrong kind of flooring can trigger symptoms. This is especially true of carpeting, which traps dust, pet dander, pollen, and other common allergens in its fibers.
Tile floors, of course, offer no safe haven for these microorganisms. A broom is all you need to rid your floors of most allergens, with your mop taking care of the rest.
4. Tile Is Durable and Pet-Friendly
You can’t do much better than tile when it comes to durable, pet-friendly flooring. Carpeting shows wear and tear fairly quickly, particularly in high traffic areas. And if you have pets, forget about it. No matter how quick you are with the soap and water, carpeting is no match for a pet with a tummy problem. And the worst accidents always seem to happen when you’re away from home. That means they have to sit – and soak in – before you can start scrubbing. Then, of course, there’s pet dander and whatever your pups carry in on their paws and fur makes its way deep into your carpet.
Hardwood floors present their own difficulties. While they stand up well against pet dander and other allergens, hardwood flooring is very susceptible to scratches, scuff marks, and Fido’s claws.
Tile floors, on the other hand, stand up against just about anything. Accidents wipe right off and a broom or dust mop takes care of pet dander. Claws make no purchase on tile, and stains are rare, especially if you renew the protective sealant every few years.
5. Tile Floors Are Cost-Effective
If you’re looking for affordability, ceramic tiles are your best bet. But, you also save money with natural stone tiles, since they last years longer than carpeting or hardwood flooring. Upkeep and maintenance are also lower with tile flooring (no more need for regular steam cleaning). And when it comes time to sell your home, tile flooring adds much more value than carpeting does.
6. Tile Floors Are Cool
We don’t mean “cool” like whatever the kids are into these days. (Are Hammer pants still cool? Were they ever?) No, tile floors are literally cool, which can be a big deal here in the Valley of the Sun. This is why so many Arizona homes have tile floors. They’re much cooler than carpeting, which actually retains heat.
The Bottom Line
There are many benefits to tile flooring. It’s attractive and versatile, low maintenance, and even healthier for your family. Sledge Concrete Coatings offers a huge inventory of tile flooring options. Call us today to schedule a free estimate. You can also fill out our contact form, including a few details about your project, and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.