There are many benefits of tile flooring, perhaps the biggest being that when it is installed correctly, it is completely waterproof. You don't need to worry about water spilling by the sink or a leaking refrigerator. Once again, if tile is installed correctly, it is also very long lasting, almost indestructible. Most tile cracking is caused by inferior installation. A correctly installed tile will stand up to dogs, chairs and kids as well as the normal shifting of a house on its foundation. There are also a lot of design possibilities available with tile. Tile comes in every shape, size and color imaginable, including wood grains, so you can get the look of wood without the disadvantages. You can also install radiant heat under tile, making it a warm surface for your feet on those cold winter mornings.
There are also several advantages to wood flooring. For example, wood flooring is easier on your feet as it is a softer surface than tile. In addition, if you forego the radiant heat under your tile, wood flooring will be a warmer surface. Finally, hardwood flooring is a very in-style look right now, which is why you see it all over the design magazines. The disadvantages to hardwood is that it is not water resistant, you will want to make sure you get to those spills from the sink and around pet bowls right away. Hardwood is also prone to chipping and scratching. Your floors will need to be refinished every few years.
Whether you choose hardwood or tile is dependent on your personal preference, lifestyle and budget. Depending on the circumstances, both can be an excellent choice!
This is a loaded question and almost every flooring professional you talk to will have a different answer! It is our opinion that luxury vinyl is currently the most cost effective flooring. With the newer lines of luxury vinyl, you can get a classic, quality look for a reasonable price. Luxury vinyl is also very durable. Our luxury vinyl products are water resistant, scratch resistant and warrantied for 20 years.
Most tile products that are installed correctly will last 50 years or more!
The biggest difference between porcelain and ceramic tile is that porcelain is more impervious to moisture because it is denser and less porous. Due to its high water resistance, porcelain tile can be installed outdoors, while ceramic tile should not be. For indoor use, both are highly resistant to chipping and scratching and both are easy to maintain. Since it is a harder surface, porcelain tile is generally a better choice for commercial or high traffic areas. As it is a little softer, ceramic tile can be easier to cut and install for DIYers. Ceramic tile is also generally less expensive.
The installation process is dependent upon what type of flooring is going in and what type of flooring you currently have. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes new products can be installed over existing flooring. We will thoroughly go over your options when we do our measure and estimate.
That being said, most projects start with the demolition of the existing floor. Either you do it yourself, or our demo prices are very reasonable. We then do any necessary repairs to the underlying surface and install the product. For laminates, hardwoods and luxury vinyl, installation can go very quickly. Since tile requires drying and setting time, installation will take longer. We will discuss timelines with you and answer any other questions you may have when preparing the estimate and scheduling your job.