shutterstock_135668507Ceramic tile flooring is one of those flooring options which has been in use for centuries, and if that doesn’t recommend it as an excellent flooring option, we don’t know what will. Here at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland we offer a huge variety of flooring materials, but we love ceramic tile flooring. There are a number of things to consider when installing any new floors though, so we’ve put together a helpful list of pros and cons to think about before you install ceramic tile floors in your home.

 

Pros of Ceramic Tile Flooring

  • Ceramic tile is very hard, making it an incredibly durable flooring option that is unlikely to scuff or scratch and will last many years. Furthermore, if a tile gets damaged, it’s a simple matter to just replace that single tile.
  • Ceramic tile flooring is very water resistant, making it a perfect floor covering for rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms, which are prone to spills and more extreme humidity changes
  • Ceramic tile flooring is an incredibly versatile flooring option, available in a wide range of colors and styles. The ability to create patterns and mosaics further contributes to this, making ceramic tile complementary to nearly any interior design aesthetic.
  • Ceramic tile flooring is very easily maintained. Due to its resistance to water, spills and dirt will simply rest on the surface of the floors, rather than getting set in like with carpet or warping like hardwood. A simple sweep or vacuum should be sufficient to clean your ceramic tile floors, and they stand up to most cleaning products.
  • Ceramic tile floors will add long term resale value to your home, at a price generally lower than pricier floor coverings such as hardwood. At around $3-$10 per square foot, ceramic tile floors are an excellent investment.
  • Ceramic tile is inert and emits little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Furthermore, because it is so easy to clean, there is little buildup of dust and dirt. This makes ceramic tile floors ideal for people with allergies or asthma.

 

Cons of Ceramic Tile Flooring

  • The flipside of the hardness that makes ceramic tile flooring so durable is that its hardness can be uncomfortable underfoot after long periods of standing. This can be offset by rugs though.
  • In the winter, tile can be very cold underfoot. This can actually be a positive thing during the hot summer months though, when the coolness of ceramic is refreshing rather than bone-chilling.
  • The installation of ceramic tile flooring can be somewhat arduous with all the mortars, tools, and grouting required. This is not an ideal DIY installation, which is why it’s generally recommended that you call professionals, like the designers at Floor Coverings International.
  • Because ceramic tile is heavy, it might be more suited to ground floor rooms rather than upper level ones. This is another area where a professional may be required to determine if a buildings structural integrity is up to upper level ceramic tile flooring.

 

Whether or not you choose to have ceramic tile flooring in your home, be sure to contact Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR for all your flooring needs!

 

Photo: Natali Glado