The versatility and durability of tile makes it an appealing flooring, wall covering, counter top or back splash option for many homeowners. Tile is also low maintenance and can be a great flooring option for people who have allergies. Installation can be complex and is not for the inexperienced. It’s usually wise to find someone qualified for tile installation.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Homeowners really like tile for counter tops, back splashes, and flooring because it’s versatile and durable.”
David Rhodes, DR Contractors: “The advantage of tile versus carpet – tile is extremely durable and it will generally last as long as you continue maintenance and keep it clean and seal it. Like I said it’s a stone, most of the tiles are stone or porcelain or ceramic which are poured and made like pottery which can last a lifetime. So the biggest advantage I tell my clients of doing tile is again the longevity you get out of it versus carpet or hardwood. Generally cleaning and maintenance – what I found works the best is steam cleaning. It seems to really get the dirt and the grime, but commonly to clean it on a daily basis – sweeping it and mopping it. You want to stay away from bleaches and ammonia-based products. Those will tend to make the tile fade or break down the grout, but then the most important thing when maintenance a tile is to have it sealed. The sealer is really important to extend the longevity and the durability and the color and the sheens. So you really need to keep it clean, or keep it sealed.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Installing tile isn’t for the inexperienced because you can have problems if it’s not done properly. If the grout isn’t dried all the way, if it’s not sealed properly or if you have loose tiles it can lead to damage and problems with the actual tile.”))
Angie’s List Tips:
Types of tile:
- Some porous tiles require annual sealing.
- Textured tiles & light colored grout will require more scrubbing to clean.
- Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.
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