Next time you’re choosing new flooring, remember why tile is better than carpet.
Whether you are designing a new home or remodeling an older one, the choice of flooring is certainly important. It not only needs to be functional; it also needs to have aesthetic appeal and anchor the design of each individual room. Whether you are going for a bold look or an understated one, Mission Tile West has many floor tile options for you to choose from. Here’s why you should consider our tile instead of carpet.
Tile Lasts Longer
First of all, tile is simply more durable than carpet. Most kinds of carpet start to wear out after about 6 years, whereas tile can last for decades. In fact, glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles can last for 50 years or more. The lifespan of your tile will depend on how well you take care of it, of course. You also need to take care to choose the right type of tile for the amount of traffic you expect on your floor. If you’re talking about a high-traffic business foyer, you will want a tougher tile than if you were designing a residential space.
Tile Has a Lower Lifetime Cost
According to data from the Tile Council of North America, tile actually provides a better value than carpet. Even though carpet is often cheaper to buy and to install, carpet’s shorter lifespan means you end up paying more for your flooring in the long run. For example, the average installed cost of carpet was $2.67 per square foot, and the life cycle cost (including installation plus maintenance costs and final removal cost) is $7.54. But because that carpet only lasts 6 years, it costs $1.26 per year per square foot. The average installed cost of ceramic floor tile is $7 per square foot, the life cycle cost is $16.30, and the cost per year per square foot is just $0.33 because it lasts 50 years.
Tile Is Easy to Clean & Repair
Tile is very low-maintenance, requiring just simple mopping with soap and water to keep clean rather than professional steam cleaning service like a carpet would. If you get a stain on your carpet, you have to replace the entire piece. But if a small section of tile becomes damaged, you can simply replace those tiles while leaving the rest of the floor untouched.
Tile Offers Design Flexibility
Finally, tile is better than carpet because it provides more freedom to create your own unique look in your flooring. With carpet, you must choose from existing patterns, but with tile you can mix and match different sizes, shapes, and colors of tile to create the exact look you want.