If you have been looking for a new weekend project to tackle, look no further. You may not be ready to install your own tile just yet but you can start with narrowing down the options. Searching for the perfect flooring in your master bath or deciding between tile and hardwood in your kitchen can be daunting. On top of the design variations there are multiple types of tile for differing functionalities throughout your home. There are a few things to keep in mind while swimming in the Nile of tile. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.
Firstly, where are you planning on having your new tile installed? Certain types of tile stand up to various areas in different ways. The moisture levels and amount of foot traffic play into the viable options for your new project. For example, that beautifully ornate glass tile you’ve been eyeing would be best used as a back splash in your kitchen or bathroom instead of your high traffic foyer. Glass tiles are not made to endure such wear and tear. The glossy glass finish makes for easy cleanup from kitchen spills and grease splatter.
Once you establish your area of focus you should set a budget for your project. It is easy to become distracted by stunning accent tiles to add to your borders and original design ideas but be cautious. Specialized or ornate designs will certainly require extra time and money for installation in addition to high priced border tiles and accents. Try researching online galleries for affordable design ideas that will create a unique look without breaking the bank. As a general estimate, tile options can range greatly, from only a couple dollars per square foot on up. Knowing the size of your remodel area is key to sticking to the budget.
Certain tiles, such as ceramic and porcelain, can be versatile as well as affordable. Ceramic is great for moisture rich bathrooms, can endure high traffic and offer a great value. Glass tiles can be comparable to ceramic when glazed, but aren’t able to handle the same traffic levels. These vibrant glossy tiles operate best as a mosaic or wall addition. Porcelain offers a no slip surface with the added bonuses of extreme durability and incredible strength. You can even opt to use porcelain tile outdoors.
If you are less concerned about budget restrictions, the multitude of colors and characteristics provided by granite and marble are always available for your luxurious improvements. The natural stone option does require some maintenance but is guaranteed to add a feeling of opulence to their new home that will last and last. Maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum and want a great design for the cheapest price. Check into the extremely versatile concrete tile option. There is no more flexible option out there. Concrete tile is a phenomenal and painless way to mimic other costly finishes that would run up your expenses.
Lastly, before making a final choice on your upgrades analyze how often the area will be used. Is the tile being placed in a wet environment such as a bathroom or kitchen? Will the tile be a porous natural stone like Travertine? If so it is important to seal natural stone annually to prevent acids or cleaning products from damaging your dazzling addition. If your interests lay in a more high traffic area such as the kitchen floor but you love the non slip texture created by natural stone, consider quartzite. This inviting option is known to stand up to scratches and is notoriously tough. Creating a tile rug look in front of the kitchen sink can add a fun and unique detail to your kitchen while protecting less durable wood floors surrounding it.
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