Tile Vs. Carpet

When the time comes to replace that dingy old worn out carpet, you may want to think about replacing it with tile instead of another flooring type. We are advocates of tile here at the Flooring Warehouse Outlet, and there are many reasons to lean towards tile in the Tile Vs. Carpet argument. Tile has many benefits over carpet, wood, and laminate. Let’s take a look at some of them…

Tile is Impervious

Ceramic and porcelain tile have very low water absorption rates, meaning, if you have a flood or leak of some sort it won’t destroy that pretty new tile floor. Laminate, wood, and carpet are all very sensitive to moisture, and can easily be destroyed with prolonged exposure. Something as simple as a spilled drink if left too long can seep between the joints in a laminate floor and after a while can even wick across several planks ruining quite a few square feet of your floor.

Glazed Tile Is Very Durable

The face of a tile, aka the glaze, is a very strong and durable surface that is resistant to chemicals, scratches, scrapes, and breakage. Did you know one grain of sand can have anywhere between 32 to 57 cutting edges on it? That will easily gouge and scratch even the best hardwood and laminates. Not to mention the havoc it wreaks on carpet fibers! When you have carpet, laminate, or hardwood installed, there are very specific cleaners you are required to use as to not destroy the floor. With tile, the glazed surface is very chemical resistant and can take just about anything you can throw at it! That’s why tile is popular in so many commercial applications.

You Can Always Cover It Up

Who says just because you have tile down that you can never change the look of your room? Area rugs are a great way to introduce color and warmth to a floor. The best thing about putting down a rug is that you can change it whenever you want to suit your mood! Plus you get the softness of carpet without the cost and it is not permanent.

It Saves Money In The Long Run

Tile is a bit more expensive than laminate and carpet in materials and sometimes labor. So, why go with tile if it’s generally more money? Longevity. Tile is going to last decades, where average carpet is usually good for about 8 years and laminate, if it doesn’t get wet, 10 to 15 years. Many people consider tile to be a lifetime floor, and it can be when properly installed and cared for. So that little bit more you spend up front will be well worth it since you ideally will not have to replace that floor again.

Consider A Wood Look Tile

When someone hears the word tile, many think square, stone looking, and cold. Well that’s just not the case with wood look tile! Wood look tiles are a very popular option for bedrooms, they give you the warmth of wood without any of the maintenance. The new technologies we have seen in this area over the past few years are incredible, with HD inkjet printing factories can print images of actual wood on a ceramic or porcelain tile plank with an amazingly realistic result. We carry quite a few lines of wood look tiles, a few of which can be seen HERE on our floor tile page, the rest are in our showroom.

Angel Brown

Comments

  1. Help! Do Wood look porcelain tile have more breakage problems once installed????

    I really love the look and the easy upkeep (3 big dogs) and have my heart set on them; but my contractor’s tile guys are telling me they’d look more uneven and break easily once installed because they are not as flat as the squared porcelain tiles. I can “see” it — but if that is true, why do I not see any complaints online?

    Are these guys just not wanting to install it and I should find someone else, or what’s the story? I’ve been told “rectification” doesn’t really mean anything either, and that was at a large flooring store chain. I am so confused, hope someone can enlighten me. Thanks!

  2. Hello, thank you for your comment,
    A wood look porcelain is manufactured the same way any other porcelain tile is, so no, they are not any different, or more fragile.
    It takes a little more work to install a wood plank tile, but that is due to the size of each piece and the pattern of installation.
    Rectified simply means the tile is cut perfectly straight on each edge, so you can run much tighter grout joints.
    I hope my answers are helpful enough, please do not hesitate to call or email with any other questions!
    Thank you.
    -Holden

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