Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms/mudrooms, and great rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. The top surface is made of a durable glaze that will not allow any seepage of liquids, making it ideal for areas where water is present.
Ceramic and porcelain tile are easy to clean and have been on the market for years and years. To this day, not many people dislike it. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. These tiles are available in mosaic and other decorative styles, but the new tiles look like real hardwood and natural stone. This look has become so very popular because it is an alternative to the more expensive real thing.
Since tile has been used for decades, you may be considering incorporating it in your own home. This durable and functional flooring option has an endless list of pros that heavily outweigh the cons. Today, we are going to focus on tile’s pros and cons to give you a better understanding.
Pros of Tile Flooring
- Ultra-Durable – Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market.
- 100% Waterproof – Glazed tiles are naturally waterproof, with no extra work necessary.
- Gorgeous Imagery – Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately? Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but they also come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options.
- Zero Maintenance – All you need is the occasional brooming and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous.
- Any Room, Any Space – There is tile in many homes, where the entire home is tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well.
Cons of Tile Flooring
- Cold Underfoot – This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice-cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires radiant heat in order to stay warm underfoot.
- Hard on Your Feet – Tile is not resilient and offers zero give. Standing on tile for long periods of time may make your feet hurt, and you may need to invest in some anti-fatigue mats for areas where you do a lot of standing.
- Challenging to Install – If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it.
We hope you have learned more about ceramic and porcelain tile. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Century Tile sales representative for more information. We look forward to working with you.