Several homeowners like having tiled floors, for the clean and sleek appearance they project in a home. It’s easy to maintain and very resilient in the long run. Having said that, any homeowner who’s shopped for tiles knows that the variety is far from limited.
Here we’ll look at some of our favourites, and hope it helps you your decision making.
Our Cost Effective Choice
Homeowners working around a budget may wish to consider homogenous tiles. These are tiles that have the same design running through every layer within, so if it chips, the damage isn’t obvious. This is unlike porcelain glazed and ceramic tiles that do not have uniform colours within. So if they chip, the damage is pretty glaring.
Aside from being affordable, homogenous tiles are also available in a massive variety to designs. Walk into a store for these tiles and you’ll know what we mean. There are various sizes, different shades of one colour and tiles that look like marble and wood!
Marble floors have been around for the longest time and rightfully so. They provide an elegant look that any homeowner would love to have. Beauty does have a price though, and marble is no exception.
Being a softer stone, marble tends to lose its shine over time. Unlike granite, marble requires constant re-polishing. Our recommendation is to have it done annually, so you maintain that pristine look throughout the years.
Since marble is cut from nature’s mountains, they tend to have colour spots that are drastically different from most of the stone. Some homeowners mistake these colours for flaws made during the cutting process, but they aren’t. They’re natural imperfections. When you purchase marble however, dry lay is usually included. This is a process where suppliers try to “move” imperfections to less conspicuous areas, like the sides and corners.
There are homogenous tiles that look like marble, but the repeating patterns give it away. Nevertheless, it’s a decent alternative for the real thing.
Warmth of Wood
While wood floors provide that timeless feel of warmth and cosiness, we like the flexibility of tiles. So tiles that look like wood are awesome! They still give off the sense of timelessness, but they also keep the floor cool during warm days. “Wood tiles” are also waterproof, so homeowners can replicate wood flooring for washrooms if they like!
A couple of things to note though. Wood tiles are more expensive, so expect a higher bill when going with this option. In addition, they aren’t homogenous so if they chip, they will reveal the tile’s actual and obviously different colour.
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