Before starting a tile replacement project in your kitchen, it is imperative to consider the pros and cons of the available types of tile for the floor. First, choose a color and design scheme that fits your personal style. After making the big decision, here are five other features of tile to consider before you buy.
Durability: Because any kitchen is a high-traffic area, it’s essential that any tile has a long tread life. Quality tile shouldn’t crack, scuff, or chip easily. And even if scratches do happen, the surface of high quality tile should mask small damages. The downside to durability is that the tile is harder and thus is more difficult to cut. Also, often, the harder the tile, the more expensive it will be per square inch.
Easy to Clean: No one enjoys getting on their hands and knees and scrubbing a large kitchen’s floor, so minimizing tile upkeep is essential. Buffing tile should be physically manageable, and the tile should be able to withstand non-toxic chemical cleaners. When choosing your kitchen tile material, look into waterproof glazing and hypoallergenic materials.
Easy installation: Depending on the scope of the project, if you’re hiring a professional to complete your kitchen makeover, installation costs may take a significant part of your remodeling budget. The more intricate the tile size and design, the longer it takes to install, and the more it would cost. So always contact your local tile contractor to receive an estimate for installation costs before you commit to the project. Something to consider: less-expensive tile means easier installation, but also poorer quality.
Eco-friendliness: Many tile manufacturers have already taken steps to make sure that factories reduce their carbon output. Many popular tile schemes are made from recycled materials and can be cleaned with homemade solutions that don’t harm the environment. So make sure to ask your tile retailer before buying tile.
Now that you’ve chosen your style and color, you can make a checklist for tile features listed above to make sure you get the best value possible.
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