Carpet comes in numerous enticing colors and patterns but even the highest quality pile wears with time and heavy traffic. You can achieve a more unique visual appeal in a room through the use of tile floor. Carpet colors are uniform and predictable, whereas tile floor, whether ceramic or natural stone, has its own character and depth.
Properly installed tile floor can last the lifetime of your home. Tile won't wear down like carpet or lose luster like linoleum. Wood floors are beautiful but require maintenance to preserve their shine and durability. Tile isn't prone to gouges, drying out and cracking like wood flooring. Stains on carpet soak through to the pad so cleaning them only treats the surface. Cleaning a mess off tile leaves no residue or odor, and it's quick and easy.
Tile flooring is an ideal fit in high traffic areas, like kitchens and entryways. Variety in colors, shapes and tones allow for coordination with paint colors and wallpaper. In the bathroom, tile flooring creates a uniform easy-to-clean surface for one of the grimiest rooms with high exposure to moisture. Using the same tile on the shower walls that's on the floor is tastefully modified when installed diagonally or mixed with other tiles in a mosaic motif. Carpet is not recommended for bathrooms due to constant moisture.
Keeping your tile floor clean and in good condition is easy with a minimal amount of regular maintenance. A dry sweeper cloth or vacuuming can eliminate daily traffic dirt and small particles, and a weekly mopping can remove any built up residue.
Tile floor is easy to sanitize whereas hardwoods, linoleum, and carpet have specific cleaning materials and restrictions. Grout on tile can wear and crack if not properly sealed and repaired, and re-sealing needs to be done every few years (depending on the longevity of the sealer used). Wood flooring requires refinishing every couple of years, hinging on the level of traffic and density of the wood. Carpet requires cleaning on an annual basis and replacement as stains and wear become more prevalent.
Tile flooring provides a home or business owner a great design tool to cohesively unite a home or work space. Tile flooring has great longevity, with a minimal need for maintenance and frequent attention or replacement. Most flooring companies are happy to loan buyers tile flooring samples to bring home for colorway matching and aesthetic evaluation purposes.