Carpet used to be one of the most common flooring materials in the United States, but in recent years it has become much less popular. Why? For one thing, it is difficult to clean. It also traps allergens and begins to show wear and tear much more quickly than other flooring types. As a result of the reduction in carpet installation, there has been an uptick in tile flooring installation.
But is tile the right option for your floor? Keep reading to learn the honest truth about both pros and cons. If you are then interested in learning what tile options are out there, contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 right away.
Pro: Tile is Very Easy to Clean and Does Not Readily Stain
One of the biggest advantages is that if you spill something on a tile floor, that liquid is not going to absorb into the tile. This means that just wiping or moping the spill up right away will likely get rid of it forever. If it does leave anything behind, you can generally use a tile cleaner to get rid of the stain without the worry of damage.
Con: Tile is Heavy
This is only a concern for people who have less structurally sound homes that cannot handle the weight of the tile. For example, if you live on a houseboat or you want to tile a loft in a tiny house, you might find that the weight of the tile makes it prohibitive to install.
Pro: Tile Flooring is Very Durable
The type of type we sell at Mission Tile West is extremely hard and difficult to damage. If it is damaged, you can replace just the tile that was damaged without having to redo the entire flooring as you would with carpet. Tile floors that are properly maintained can easily have a lifespan of 20 years compared to less than ten years for the average carpet.
Con: Tile Can Be Slippery
You will need to be more careful on tile floors than you would on carpet. That said, if you are worried about particular areas becoming slippery, you can simply add a few area rugs. You can also choose tiles that are made to be skidproof. If you quickly clean up any wet areas on your tiles, the slippery issue should not be an issue.
Pro: Tile Floors Are Affordable
While the price will vary based on the company from whom you buy the tiles and the type of tiles you want, they are generally very affordable. This is doubly true when you remember that if there is an issue with a small portion of a tile floor, it is easy to simply replace that small portion without a total overhaul.
If you want to make an appointment to come to look at some of the best tiles in the state, contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 right away.