Tile is a popular flooring material for homes in the Wake County, Crabtree, Cameron Village, North Hills, Six Forks, Five Points, Boylan Heights areas for many reasons. It’s durable, easy to clean, comes in a wide variety of styles, and is a versatile flooring solution. However, with all the options of tile to choose from today, it can be hard to know what’s best for your home. Here we’ll look at how to go about deciding on the best tile option for you by exploring some of the factors that come into play.
First you should decide where in your home the tile will be installed, and what purpose you’ll need the flooring to serve. How much traffic the area will receive, how often the floors will come into contact with water, and how much maintenance you are willing to do are just a few questions to ask yourself when choosing your tile flooring.
One of the great things about tile is it comes in a number of different materials. Each has its own unique qualities and characteristics. One popular material is natural stone, which is available in many different types. Granite, slate, and marble are a few of the most common. Ceramic and porcelain are other popular types of tile, and are both made from clay, minerals, and water, and then fired in a kiln under high heat and pressure to solidify and become incredibly durable. Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is heated and pressurized even further for maximum density and durability.
In addition to the practical factors you expect from your flooring, looks are also important. Many Raleigh homeowners love tile for its variation of great looks. Tile comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and finishes. Different types of natural stone have unique colors and patterns that occur naturally. Slate, for example, can range from grays and blues to warmer rust tones. Ceramic and porcelain tile can be dyed and glossed to achieve specific tones and surface shines (or lack thereof). Choosing a tile to match your interior décor is easy to do with all the aesthetic options available.
If you’re considering installing tile floors in your home, we can help! Contact Floor Coverings International of Raleigh today and schedule a free in-home estimate and design consultation. We’ll help you choose the best tile flooring option for your home, your lifestyle, and your budget.
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