May 28, 2022
Whether cracks are starting to appear or that they’re out of style, these are just a few reasons your flooring may need changing. But, getting new tiles is not as swift as driving to your closest home and furniture store and picking out the first tile you spot. There is a criteria to consider, from costs to size to material, and, for today’s blog entry, we will provide you with the following criterion to remember when searching for the right flooring for your home.
One criterion that you should firstly think about is the type of material you need for your flooring, particularly in relation to its location. In a previous article on the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles, we discussed how certain materials are more suitable in one area more than the others.
Outdoor tiles, such as those in patios and gardens, will be exposed more to the elements, so they need to be made of those that can withstand varying temperatures and weathering, among others. Hence, vinyl and ceramic are the more preferred materials. Indoor tiles vary more in design and build due to the variations of the rooms inside. For instance, a certain type of tile should not be used in the same rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. That said, you may opt for more versatile materials that you can install in your homes, regardless of the room and location.
Tiles, of course, do not come cheap. Other than the material it is made of, determining the budget to allocate for new tiling depends on the coverage of the floor. The wider the floor coverage, the larger the budget. This brings up the debacle of having to choose between a smaller tile set and a larger tile set, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.
At first glance, it may seem that choosing a larger set of tiles is the more sensible choice, as there is generally less hassle to cover a floor with multiple, smaller tiles. However, bigger tiles are much heavier and may require more customized cuts when it does not fit within its given space. Hence, sizable tile sets are best applied on rooms or areas with a wide square footage.
Smaller rooms would, then, be the more preferable place to install smaller tiles. Granted that they require more tiles to purchase and may consume more time and effort to lay them out, the job becomes more manageable when you deal with smaller sets with no cutting or shape customizations required.
But, often, it is the ceramic, porcelain, and other stone-made tiles that are the more costly types of flooring material. A slightly more affordable alternative would be wooden plank tiling. Some other advantages it has over earth-based materials include lighter weight and easier installation. However, while it possesses a level of durability, wooden floors are not fully damage-proof, for they are still susceptible to scratches and alcohol spills. Therefore, they require some regular maintenance, such as cleaning and varnishing.
Of course, visual appeal is a notable factor to think about in finding the right flooring. That said, this is the most subjective criterion, for it is based on a highly individual perspective. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Still, we have some recommendations that you can consider in finding the right aesthetics for your floors.
Tiles with more intricate patterns are more preferable for outdoor areas like patios and balconies whereas those with simpler and less sophisticated designs are best suited on indoor rooms such as living areas and sleeping quarters.
One last characteristic of tiles that you need to remember in your purchasing pursuit is the weight. The lightness and heftiness of a tile is an integral factor in relation to the structural stability of your home or structure. Hence, in an ideal setting, heavier tiles should be placed on the ground floor while lighter tiles are better installed on above floors.
Likewise, exposure to natural elements, as previously iterated, is also another factor to keep in mind, as its durability is correlated to the thickness of the flooring. Bathrooms, dirty kitchens, and patios, which can get wet more frequently than usual areas of the home, may require thicker and stronger tiling. Areas with more frequent foot traffic also need good floor strength to accommodate the weight of people walking around the place enough to avoid breakage.
Thus, we have laid down the criteria on how you can find the right tiles for your floor. You can find flooring supplies and more when you come to any AllHome branch or visit www.allhome.com.ph to conveniently shop online.
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