With the wide variety of types, styles, colors and finishes available, selecting tile for your home can be rather daunting. A major investment, you want to make sure you select the tile that will remain beautiful and last for years to come.
A few considerations when selecting tile for our home:
1. Consider the location. If your tile is for a high moisture area, such as a basement, look for the tile with the highest level of moisture resistance, such as a vinyl product. Ceramic and porcelain tiles can be moisture resistant as well. For high traffic areas in your home, consider the ceramic or porcelain tiles. Natural stone can work well in high traffic areas, but requires more care than ceramic or porcelain. Vinyl tiles can also be a durable choice for high traffic areas. For tile in an outdoor location, purchase tile with a slip resistant finish.
2. Consider your budget. Beautiful tile can be found in all price points from low budget to high end, from vinyl to natural stone. When selecting your tile, remember to factor in the cost of installation. Twice the price of your tile is a general rule of thumb for estimating the cost of professional installation. Purchase an additional 10 percent to accommodate matching and errors. You want to purchase all the tile at the same time to assure consistency in coloring.
3. Consider the style of your home. Tiles are available to coordinate with any home style from traditional to colonial to modern. According to tile expert Ann Sacks, “over the past 20 years, more homeowners have become comfortable with using tile as an all-over flooring material for an entire house.” Ceramics, porcelains and vinyls are available in a virtually endless variety of colors and finishes. You can find vinyls and ceramics that look like wood or natural stone.
4. Consider the maintenance. Vinyl tile and flooring can be virtually maintenance free, but can rip or tear if heavy furniture is dragged over it. Vinyl flooring requires an occasional refinish with a vinyl restoring product and will eventually show signs of wear. Ceramic or porcelain requires little maintenance, but is a hard surface. Anything made of glass usually does not survive a drop on a ceramic or porcelain floor. Natural stones, while beautiful and durable, require occasional polishing or sealing, and provide hard surfaces as well.
5. Consider your lifestyle. While a marble tile may look stunning, it may not be the best choice for an active family with kids and dogs whereas that same marble tile may be perfect for someone with a more formal lifestyle.
Tile is one of the most versatile choices in floor coverings. Budget-friendly, durable and low maintenance, tile can provide a beautiful look in your home for decades.