When tile floor installation is completed, the finish and style alone are worth it. But tile is nearly indestructible, and surprisingly cost effective. Tile flooring is an investment. Homeowners have realized that linoleum is simply a cover up, that doesn’t hold its attractiveness for very long. It’s no wonder contractors are installing tile anywhere in homes. It’s classic in kitchens and baths; and now hearths, hallways, dining rooms, utility rooms and finished basements. Don’t forget patios. One reason for this versatility is that tiles come in so many different sizes and colors.
Tile floor installation is a clear-cut process. Once your contractor has determined your sub-floor can handle the weight and rigidity of tile, he designs a “map” so that the tile is straight. Next, adhesive is spread, and the tiles are “squished” into it. A level is used on each tile to make certain it is flush, and a rubber mallet can tamp down any spot that’s higher than the rest. Spacers are placed between tiles, until the adhesive dries them into place. Border tiles are cut to size and laid. The spaces are grouted, and when it is dry the tiles are cleaned, and sealed.
There are at least five good reasons tile surpassed linoleum as the flooring of choice:
- As you have just read, it is straightforward to install. You’ll be delighted with the efficiency of tile floor installation. It’s not unusual to lay a kitchen in less than one day, a bath in half that time. An expert tile contractor has fit and detail foremost in mind, and will never rush, but experience contributes efficiency to your project.
- It is remarkably durable. Have you ever considered that the Romans used tile that’s still around today? It holds up exceptionally well even in the highest-traffic areas. From porticoes to palaces, the durability of tile has been tested and proven through centuries. So it is a long-lasting investment. A major home improvement website actually declares ceramic tile will last “a lifetime”; in other words, as long as the house is in use! Dime for dime, tile is clearly one of the most cost effective flooring surfaces you can choose.
- The need for repair is rare, but it’s easy to have damaged tile replaced. Ceramic is strong, but it has been known to break when significant weight is accidentally dropped on it. Replacement is as simple as removing broken pieces, laying replacement tile, adding new grout to the area, and perhaps new sealant. Keep a few tiles around so that they match if needed. The occasional wipe or mop begins and ends the care-free maintenance of ceramic tile. The sealant that was applied during tile floor installation made it impervious to water and stain. Ceramic tile comes as close to requiring no upkeep as any flooring available. Of course, tile needs regular cleaning. Because it is impenetrable to water, tile patios and utility spaces can literally be hosed down. You only need standard off-the-shelf cleaning products.
- Tile floor installation adds resale value to your home, because buyers know they are acquiring a house with an incredibly long-lasting floor. Potential buyers take notice of a well installed and designed tile floor. It makes a statement about how you have cared for your home. With its attractive style and impressive presentation, a good tile floor can add thousands of dollars in potential value.
- It is adaptable to any decor. Tile can create the foundation for your decorating theme, or become the final accent in your room motif. Tile is now available in finishes and shapes that lend themselves to any décor. Ceramic tile can appear Southwestern, starkly contemporary or smoothly traditional. Colors range from lively to subdued; textures vary from classically smooth to antiqued markings. Imagine a color and texture and you will almost certainly find it on the market today. Tile goes with other flooring. Tile next to wood can be a distinctive look, as brilliant hardwood in one room is married to elegant ceramic in the next. This combination effect will also divide large open spaces into smaller living areas.