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.