We often get asked ‘why should I choose floor tiles instead of other materials?’ Of course we are going to be somewhat biased, but there are some solid reasons for using tiles instead of other materials, both natural and manmade. After all, tiles have been the main floor covering of choice for centuries.
Here are a few great reasons for choosing and using tiles:
Tiles look – and feel – good
The choice and variety available can be mind boggling. Tiles can be used to make a statement, or if you want more subtlety, they can enhance a room with colour, shape, size and texture. Often there are co-ordinating collections with varying shades so the whole space will have a cohesive look on walls and floors. Tiles just simply look and feel more high-end than some other surface coverings.
They can be used with underfloor heating, great for the modern seamless look (no radiators to clutter the space).
When installed correctly, tiles will last a very long time. So they are worth the extra cost at the outset. Don’t they say, ‘you get what you pay for’? The price of less expensive materials may be attractive, but they might not last or stand up to the wear and tear that floors are always subjected to. If your new house is your forever home, then choose something that lasts – it’s going to be the cost effective option in the long run.
Hardwearing and hygienic
Strong porcelain tiles can take a lot of abuse over the years and stay looking good with minimal maintenance other than regular cleaning. Deal with spills quickly, sweep or vacuum then mop with clean water and occasionally used a diluted cleaner suitable for porcelain – that’s all you need to do.
A lot of people in the UK are allergic to dust mites, animal dander and mould as well as household chemicals. Tiled surfaces are inhospitable to dust and inhibit the growth of mould and mildew, and are easy to keep clean. Tiles don’t absorb pollutants either, so don’t cause or contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality.
Forget the fumes – VOC free and fire resistant
Tiles are non-combustible and if they are exposed to fire, they don’t give off toxic fumes.
Tiles are inert and once fixed are VOC free (grouts, adhesives and sealants are low or non VOC).
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from some solids or liquids, which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. VOCs are emitted by a wide range of manufactured goods including some flooring materials. Such products can release organic compounds over time which can affect health.