We love tile. So much that we have tile flooring throughout the house. As a fan of the traditional wood flooring look, we selected a porcelain wood-look tile for its durability, non-porous surface, and low maintenance attributes. We don’t have to worry about scratch marks and spill stains.
We hired out the entire main tile flooring and bathroom to a professional contractor, Sartin Tile Co (highly recommend!). Although we know how to lay down tile and grout, it’s messy and laborious. It’s hard work and would have taken us several months.
PROS – Tile Flooring
Design Flexibility: We love the earthy look of traditional wood flooring, but it lacks durability. Modern tiles can very convincingly replicate all sorts of traditional flooring materials like wood, concrete, stone, marble, metallic, and fabric. Nowadays, there are loads of design choices using various colors, layouts and patterns, and shapes and sizes. We love seeing geometric shaped tiles and herringbone and chevron installation layouts being used in bathrooms.
Durability: This durable and hard-wearing material is resistant to most heavy impact stresses. It’s ideal for highly traffic areas like hallways and kitchens. A big plus for those who have dogs! Also, if installed properly, tile can last for decades. (Note: there’s a difference with porcelain and ceramic tile. Since porcelain is denser than ceramic, it’ll be less porous.)
Stain and Moisture Resistance: Porcelain tile is naturally resistant to stains and moisture. Because of its dense material, it has a low absorption rate, therefore stains can’t easily penetrate through the surface.
Low Maintenance: There’s no need to polish or wax tile flooring. And since tile is stain and moisture resistant, it makes it for easy, breezy maintenance. Spills can be spot-treated with a damp cloth. As for cleaning, we do weekly sweeps or use a vacuum to pick up loose, dry debris. And twice a month, we use a steam mop for cleaning since we have a dog. The heat from the steam mop loosens and eliminates accumulated ground scuff and dirt.
Allergy-friendly: Those with allergies don’t have to worry about dust, pollen, and other allergens that usually hide in carpet. Tile (or any hard surface) is the perfect flooring for those living with allergies.
CONS – Tile Flooring
Expensive: Depending on the country of origin and type, some tiles can be pricey. However, it’ll be a worthwhile investment considering, if installed properly, tile flooring can last decades.
Difficult Installation: As for tile installation, contractors usually charge more for because of its messy, time consuming, and laborious nature. Because of its heavy, hard, and dense nature, it makes it difficult to achieve precise cuts. Also, keep in mind: the longer the tile, the more difficult it is to install. In our case, we had some uneven subflooring, therefore our contractor spent extra time leveling during the install. (Think of a long seesaw on an uneven surface. As one end is touching the floor, the other end is lifted higher.) Therefore more time spent on a project translates to a bigger bill.
Grout Maintenance: Although porcelain tile can be impervious to stains, moisture, and damage, the grout lines between the tiles aren’t. Grout is porous and it’s important to seal to prevent water damage, mold, and discoloration. We applied two layers of Miracle Sealants’ Impregnator Penetrating Sealer, an oil-based sealant in the grout. (Make sure you get the oil-based sealant, not the water-based. Oil-based lasts up to 20 years.) Since we had quite a bit of tile surface area, it took us a few days to seal the grout. Also, get this handy dandy HDX Grout Sealer Applicator Roller Bottle.
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