Are you in the process of designing or planning to renovate your home? If you’re looking at interior design magazines or visiting display homes, you’ll see a growing trend of homes moving away from traditional carpeted floors in favor of tiled flooring. The trend is emerging due to a number of factors. Here are the seven most important reasons why you should consider tiles for your home instead of the carpet:
Tiles Are Durable
Carpets can be worn out or damaged quickly. This can be particularly important in areas where you have high foot traffic. It’s no wonder hotel lobbies generally use tile and not carpets. Consider tiles in your hallways and entrance areas. Stone tiles are often the better choice if durability is important to you. Stone is generally tougher than ceramic tiles. This is why you’ll see them often in commercial buildings where people may not care for the floor in the same way they would their own home.
Tiles Are Cost-Effective
While the initial cost of having you’re home tiled may be slightly more than the cost of carpet, it will save you in the long run. This is because tiles have a far longer expected life. It’s not uncommon for tiles to last for up to 50 years, where the carpet is likely to last just ten years or less.
Tiles Are Easy To Clean
Unlike tiles, carpet holds onto dirt, letting it sink deep into its fabric. They get easily stained when you spill liquids and discolor easily. They also need to be regularly vacuumed and cleaned deeply. With tiles, a mess can be swept or mopped up in a jiffy, totally removing the stain. This makes tile an excellent choice for your living and dining rooms.
Tiles Come In A Broad Range of Options
Tiles come in various modern or traditional styles to suit the design of your home. For example, if you love the Hamptons look, you’ll find plenty of color options to suit your taste. Tiles will retain their clean, sharp look far better than a shabby carpet. Even if you choose a bland tile, it can still look clean and crisp.
Tiles Lower Your Exposure To Allergens
Many allergens can hide in a carpet or a rug; hair from your pet, dirt from shoes, etc. For those that suffer from allergies, this can create a significant health problem. Even those that don’t suffer from allergies, bacteria, and germs can live in the fibers of carpet making your family sick. Tiles don’t retain these allergens when cleaned and can easily be washed with antibacterial detergents to eliminate the health risks.
Tiles Are Resistant To Water
Tiles are resistant to water and can be sealed to become 100% water-proof in wet areas such as bathrooms, laundries, or kitchens. If you need extra protection or have children in your home, you may choose to seal the tiles in other areas to keep liquid spills out. Most times, even when they are not sealed, they will not be significantly affected by water, but still need to be protected from some liquids to prevent discoloration.
Tiles Are Great For Retirees
Many of the above-listed benefits of tiles are particularly relevant for those planning to renovate their homes to suit their retirement years. Tiles are easy to clean and are less prone to health risks, which can be of great benefit to the elderly taking care of their own homes. Tiles can also be easier from a mobility perspective for those in wheelchairs or walking frames; however, there is an increased risk of slipping. To mitigate this risk, there are a number of non-slip finished options to choose from.
Do you see how tiles outshine carpets? (Pardon the pun). Tiles come in a range of patterns, finishes, and colors, so you are bound to find something you love. They are easy to clean, long-lasting, affordable, and water-resistant. Contact us today to discuss your tile options.
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