Tile flooring is a type of floor made from strong and durable materials like stone, porcelain, or ceramic where the gaps are filled and sealed with grout. Grout is a powder made of materials like cement, lime, or sand, and when mixed with water, the mixture hardens.
Regardless of the type of material used, tile flooring is a popular option for homes and businesses and has actually been around for millennia. Tile has always been closely connected to ceramics and pottery, and archeological digs across the world have found tile floors in ancient Persia, China, and famous sites like Pompeii.
Tile is an extremely versatile flooring option and comes in a variety of designs and colors. While commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms, tile flooring can be a great option for any room of a home or building. It also transitions well from room to room.
At Hiltons Flooring, we love tile floors, so our team here has come up with the following list of the top four benefits of tile flooring for your next project or renovation.
When installed correctly and maintained, tile flooring has a very long lifespan (in fact we discussed above that some ancient tile floors are still intact today). Tile floors are a great investment for a home or building, and they are made of high-quality materials that can hold up to the day-to-day wear and tear of life.
There is actually a tile floor rating system of Class I to Class V, with Class V being the most durable. When choosing what type of tile floor rating is needed, it’s important to discuss the area of the home or building in question. This will help an owner and contractor think through how much foot traffic and use a space will endure so the best tile option is chosen for the job. Choosing the correct class of tile flooring will have a direct result on its longevity as well.
We discussed the connection above between longevity and durability, but we cannot emphasize how strong tile flooring is. It’s made up of naturally tough material like stone and fired clay, so things like heavy foot traffic and constant activity will not wear down tile.
Tile is also highly resistant to staining, so it holds up to things like pets and children a lot better than carpet. It’s more often than not the case that if something is dropped on a tile floor, it’s going to break instead of the tile. However, tile is susceptible to cracks and breaks if something really, really heavy is dropped or if there is a corner/sharp-edge direct impact. Tile is a rigid material and does not give or absorb an impact like other materials, but it still takes a good hit to crack tile.
Between the tile material itself and the grout seal, tile flooring is one of the best water-resistant options on the market. Tile flooring is not affected by water in the same way carpet, hardwood, or vinyl materials are.
There is a reason tile is so popular in areas like a kitchen and a bathroom. You can spill, splash, have muddy footprints tracked along, and mop all day long, and a tile floor will not really be phased.
When water or another liquid is spilled on a tile floor, it puddles and pools for easy cleanup. Liquid spilled on tile does not absorb or seep into anything as quickly or as much as other flooring materials either.
It is worth noting that while extremely resilient toward water and liquid, tile is not waterproof. There are actually categories that rate the tile material in terms of water absorption, so this is another area to consult a flooring expert or contractor.
Easy to Clean
Tiles’ water-resistant qualities also make tile flooring extremely easy to clean. Home and business owners who have installed tile floors often rave about how simple it is to maintain a tile floor with occasional sweeping and Swiffering.
Tile does not soak in liquid and stains like other materials, so spills and accidents are not as big of a deal on a tile floor. Many people wipe up things on a tile floor with a simple sponge or paper towel.
Serving the Arlington Community
At Hiltons Flooring, we are the premier flooring store in Arlington, Texas, and we cannot wait to help you with your next flooring project. Our team is here to make sure home and business owners have the best flooring options available. We specialize not only in tile and stone flooring but also in carpet, hardwood, laminate, and vinyl.
Our services range from flooring installation and help with financing to shower remodels and granite countertop projects as well. Call us today or get a quote or stop by our emporium in Arlington.