Tuesday April 30, 2013
When it comes to the flooring for your home, there are many choices to choose from. Each floor tile has a lot to offer but isn’t necessarily the right flooring choice for your home. Knowing the pros and cons of several floor tiles will help you discover which floor tile is perfect for your new home in Dallas TX.
Ceramic - Adaptable and heavy-duty, ceramic tile is low in price and easy to install (you can DIY). Best used in kitchens and bathrooms, they’re extremely low maintenance and easy to clean.
Concrete - This popular floor tile is making its way inside in addition to being used for walkways or outdoor living spaces. Concrete is very durable but is extremely hard to install (unless you’re a professional). It’s terrific for our Dallas summers because it stays cool but can be extremely hard on your feet.
Linoleum - Extremely affordable and sturdy, linoleum comes in a variety of colors and will prove versatile in your kitchen or bathroom. You’ll be able to easily wipe up spills, but this material can be easily scratched. The smooth finishes can cause for a very slippery floor surface and also isn’t the best for the joints of pets’ or their two-legged owners’.
Marble - Beautiful in nature and highly unique due to its different patterns and colors, marble is regal. It is high maintenance (must be sealed and cleaned regularly), absorbs water quickly and is prone to scratching and staining. Though it’ll look fantastic in your new home in Dallas TX bathroom, living areas, hallways and kitchen, marble is expensive and can be difficult to match from tile to tile.
Slate - One of the most common stone tiles, its dark color give it longevity and makes it ideal for high traffic areas (bathrooms, entranceways, hallways and kitchens). Because it’s a metamorphic rock, the tile is soft and tends to split. This is definitely not a DIY project. If you choose slate, hire a professional to install it and remember to factor installation cost into your budget.
Travertine - Very robust, after all, most of the Coliseum in Rome is made out of travertine. You’ll probably experience chips and scratches with this flooring tile style. Special products are required to clean and maintain it as well.
Vinyl - Found in many homes across America, it’s easy to install (DIY project), easy on the feet and easy to clean. Vinyl is known to fade over time and easily shows wear and tear. Allergy sufferers should note that this may not be the best flooring for your because of the vapor discharge from the PVC products it consists of.
When it comes down it, tile flooring is timeless and will look beautiful in your home. They’re great for allergy sufferers because most are non-toxic and non-allergenic. They’re hardy in nature and can withstand a lot of foot traffic. But, they can be easily cracked or damaged if you drop something heavy enough on them. Select tile flooring that’ll fit your lifestyle and contact our Design Center to select which flooring will work best in your Dallas TX new home.