The season of renewal is underway! Now is a great time to give your home a fresh look. And what serves as the foundation for a home’s style? The flooring! Few changes will revitalize a room’s style like new floors. The natural beauty of tile & stone just might be the perfect upgrade for any room. We’ll discuss why in terms of both style and durability here.
Newer tile & stone flooring options (with ceramic and porcelain leading the way) are even more durable that their natural counterparts. Porcelain tile is an especially durable choice since it is heated to extremely high temperatures in the mill. The result: a finished product with more durability and a much higher breaking point.
Ceramic tile floors are beautiful, durable and priced to sell. Porcelain tile does cost a little more upfront but is designed to last. Both options reduce maintenance and replacement costs over time. Additionally, tile & stone (especially porcelain) can help protect your home’s subfloor in the long run.
There is a reason that tile & stone floors are so common in kitchens and bathrooms: they are among the most moisture resistant flooring options available. Porcelain tile excels at this. Its moisture absorption is so low that it’s even suitable for outdoor applications. Porcelain and ceramic also do well in humid areas, making them great choices for below-grade flooring.
Tile & stone flooring has always been a trendy choice. Even centuries back, its beauty captivated audiences in castles and ballrooms. Given stone’s natural beauty and durability, it’s no surprise that installing tile & stone is one of the easiest ways to improve a home’s value. Even if you aren’t looking to sell soon, tile is designed to maintain its appeal for decades.
Ceramic and porcelain flooring are crafted with the leftovers from previous manufacturing. These are materials that would otherwise be discarded in a landfill. This also means less mining from natural resources when manufacturing new tile & stone floors. It’s a win-win for the environment.
Indoor Air Quality
It may seem hard to believe, but floors can have a significant impact on indoor air quality. A few years ago, some hard surface flooring options were found to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. During manufacturing, ceramic and porcelain tiles are heated to temperatures that destroy VOCs long before they hit store shelves.
As you may have guessed, tile & stone flooring is easy to maintain. No resurfacing is needed, and tile can usually be cleaned weekly (depending on use). Cleaning requires little effort since porcelain tile naturally creates a hostile environment for bacteria. As we mentioned, it also protects the subfloor. Just check your floor’s documentation carefully for approved cleaning solutions.
Flooring is a big investment with many considerations. If you’re ready to make an informed choice, visit Lexington’s premier flooring specialists at Lexington Paint & Flooring today!