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Pros and cons of tile floors

Tiles are often made from natural stone.

The floor under your feet is easy to take for granted, but as many home and business owners know, the right flooring choice can make or break a room.

People seeking variety will be spoiled for choice, as wood, carpet, linoleum and many other surface types are all options. However, tile is one of the most popular choices.

The basics of tile floors

Unlike wood or carpet, "tile" doesn't refer to the material used so much as how the floor is created. Tiles can be made from many substances, although they are most commonly constructed of ceramic or natural stone, like marble or limestone.

Regardless of what they are composed of, tiles are typically set into a mortar with the spaces between them filled with grout. Since the flooring is comprised of a number of different tiles, it provides home and business owners with many options regarding design.

Everything from size, shape and color can be changed from tile to tile. However, thanks to technological advances, individuals do not have to worry about different tiles featuring varying degrees of width, length or thickness.

Tiles can be uniformly mass produced, and if one is thicker than the other, changing the amount of mortar placed beneath can fix the issue.

However, just as with any building choice, tiles come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages.

Pros of tile floors

Tiles offer a clean and elegant appearance, and home and business owners can play around with many aesthetic options, such as color and glazing.

Additionally, since natural stone is unique, no two tile floors comprised of stone will be the same. This provides a one-of-a-kind design scheme to owners of tile floors.

This natural beauty, along with the fact that tiles are typically very durable, means they can greatly improve the value of a property. For homeowners who may wish to move house one day, a quality tile floor can do wonders for a property's resale value.

Surface cleaning can also be much easier to perform with tiles. This is especially true if the tile is glazed and the surface has been treated with a premium impregnating sealer, such as Dry-Treat's STAIN-PROOF Original™.

An impregnating sealer is designed to act as a barrier for natural stone and similar materials, such as terracotta and porcelain. It is intended to bond with the pores within the treated material and create a barrier that will repel stains from water and oil.

The sealer can help protect from salt attack, efflorescence, freeze-thaw damage, spalling and picture framing.

This type of surface treatment is doubly handy when it comes to tile floors, as it can be used on grout as well.

Cons of tile floors

Of course, tile floors don't come without their downsides as well.

This type of flooring can be much colder underfoot than other types, something homeowners should keep in mind, particularly if they live in colder climates.

Additionally, unlike carpet, tiles do not reduce sound. While this can be remedied with the use of rugs and floor mats, tile floors typically mean a noisier room.

Glazed tiles also have less to offer in the way of slip-resistance when compared to other flooring types. This is especially true if the tile gets wet.

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