Tile projects are not merely for aesthetic pleasure. Many of the aspects behind a well-done tile project are those that are not physically seen. These benefits will translate to saved money, but possibly, even more importantly, translate into saved time. For the sake of this article – let’s agree that time is money, so however you look at it, tile is a top choice. This tile spotlight will focus on some of these benefits
Reason One: Tile is Cool
The summer months can be brutal, and while many of us find comfort in knowing our Central Air will help keep the sweat at bay, others still may rely on a one or two room unit or worse, struggle through summer with a heavy duty fan. On top of that, who wants to feel carpet when it is 100 degrees outside? This is where tile makes a huge difference, keeping things a little cooler, and allowing a slight reprieve from the heat’s grasp. (As well as allowing a longer cool period, which eradicates the need to blast the AC unit constantly). When the weather cools down again, tile keeps things temperate, but that is not to say that a fun, patterned area rug can be brought in during the cold months to warm things back up a bit!
Reason Two: Tile is Clean
The horrors of cleaning rugs. The timeliness. The machinery. Waiting for it to dry. Slightly torturous if you have a child running around, pets, or do not have a few hours to spare during an already busy work week (and who wants to do it on the weekend?) This is where tile comes in as a lifesaver. A thorough cleaning is much quicker and less taxing. Even taking into consideration the simple act of vacuuming – you are not eradicating all of the bacteria, dirt, and debris in the carpet. In fact – some small amount is likely blowing right out of the vacuum’s filter and back into the air of your home. Most professionals suggest a professional cleaning for carpet every 12-18 months. Are you keeping up?
Reason Three: Tile Adds Value
Not only will tile last a long time, but it also adds value to a home. For an estimated average investment of $600 to $900, brokers report that the return in value comes in at up to $2,000 (Credit – This Old House). Tile aesthetically draws buyers into a home and is much more enticing than many other types of flooring. If you are looking for value when it comes to money flooring options and want to invest in something in the long term – tile is for you.
Make sure to do research, compare prices, styles, and ask a lot of questions when it comes to figuring out the right materials for your home. We’ll explore some other aspects of tile that benefit homeowners in the next tile spotlight in July. Interested in a certain aspect of tile composition, or specific industry trends? Let us know and we’ll feature it on a future tile spotlight.