People gravitate towards laminate and hardwood flooring, but at The Groutsmith, we know that tile is often underlooked as a flooring choice. Tile has countless benefits and especially in Florida, makes for an exceptional flooring material to work with. Whether remodeling your current home or building a new one, see why tile is a great choice, and work with The Groutsmith for tile cleaning, restoration, repair, rebonding, and more!
WHY CHOOSE TILE?
EASY TO INSTALL
Tile does take precision and patience, but it’s essentially gluing/adhering materials to your floor. It’s easy enough that most people opt for installing tile themselves instead of calling in a contractor — though to be fair, if you have a space that requires the tiles to be cut, this can be trickier.
Whether you opt for DIY or you hire an outside contractor, you can bet that tile won’t take long to install. Once your tile is installed, it’s extremely durable and will last for a long time. The durability is just another one of its benefits, and knowing that you can easily install a flooring option that will last for ages makes tile all the more appealing.
Hardwood is known as being the most expensive of flooring types. Laminate is relatively inexpensive, but installation will usually be costlier than tile. Tiles, particularly ceramic ones, are really cost-effective and give you plenty of bang for your buck.
The reason why tiles are so inexpensive comes from many other factors, and all of these factors also serve as benefits to choosing tile itself. For one thing, tiles are constructed from natural materials, such as glass and sand and clay — they are often made from recycled materials, and therefore cost less (this also makes tile an eco-friendly option).
Additionally, the cost of installation is lower which saves you money in return, even if you do end up hiring someone. And because tile is so durable, you won’t really need to pay for costly repairs or replacements — usually repair will be on a per-tile basis, and if you apply a sealant every few years with The Groutsmith, you’ll usually be set.
PERFECT FOR PLACES WITH HIGH HUMIDITY
Especially in Okaloosa County, we need homes that can withstand the humidity and moisture (even when we can’t). Wood can easily warp when exposed to such elements, and laminate doesn’t do well with lots of moisture. Tile, on the other hand, is the perfect alternative.
As ChemDry explains, “Ceramic tiles have a glazed protective layer on their surface that makes them impervious to water damage and stain penetration. This is why tile is so often used to floor bathrooms. They’re also naturally resistant to humidity, making them ideal for flooring an area that is very hot or moist.”
If you’re thinking of wood flooring for your kitchen or entryways, you should really consider going with tile instead. It will cost you less and be more prepared to deal with the climate that all of us in Northern Florida face.
LITTLE TO NO ALLERGENS PRESENT
We know that millions of Americans deal with allergies. What isn’t likely as obvious is the fact that so much of our environment — even when things are synthetically made, like materials in our homes — can worsen allergy symptoms. If your flooring isn’t set up with allergens in mind, there’s a chance that your health could be affected.
Tile is pretty unique. ChemDry elaborates: “Tiles are fired in kilns at extremely high temperatures, making it so they contain no volatile organic compounds. This is important as VOCs contribute to a wide range of health problems.” While some other flooring materials like carpet and laminate have few VOCs, tile reigns supreme for containing none.
Not to mention, tile can’t hold onto allergens in the way that carpet can. Dirt, dust, pet hair, and even pollen can all become trapped in the fibers of carpet. That’s not the case with tile, which is why it’s highly beneficial for air quality.
GREAT FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
On a boiling hot day when you’ve just seared your feet running across the sand, how good does cold tile feel? Tile is exceptional for heating and cooling costs. When it’s warm, tile stays cool and helps cool your house — meaning you don’t have to bump up the A/C as much, which saves you money on your energy bill.
Tile also serves as a great insulator for your home, so that when temperatures drop, it adds another layer to help keep heat inside your home. Conversely, this means you don’t have to rely on heating your house as much. Not only can tile help you save money on bills, it can also help the environment — when less energy is needed to be consumed, less fossil fuels are relied upon and less of an environmental impact is made.
CHOOSE TILE, AND CHOOSE THE GROUTSMITH!
Tile is an incredible material to work with. But like all things in life, it still needs attention and upkeep to prolong its lifespan. That’s where we at The Groutsmith come in! Offering plenty of tile and grout services, such as tile cleaning and treatments, we can help your tile keep looking spiffy for years to come — and to function extraordinarily well at that. Call us today to keep your tile in good shape!