Published at Friday, November 10, 2017, 14:55:00. by Nyman Gaetane in Tile Floors.
Stone: Stone, slate and tile flooring is becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners. While the cost of some of the different stone and tile varieties is still expensive when compared to a material such as laminate, the price has become, overall, more affordable. Maintenance should be considered when choosing a stone or tile floor - natural stone is porus and as such requires increased care and attention (including regular sealing), whereas porcelain or ceramic tiles require very little maintenance.
In looking at flooring, it is beneficial to have a kitchen floor that is slip resistant. It is important to also have a surface in the kitchen that is resistant to stains and scratches. If you have babies around, or are planning a family in the future, you may not want to choose vinyl for your kitchen floor. While some vinyl flooring emits relatively few volatile organic compounds (VOCs) there is still concern due to health issues and pollution where vinyl is concerned.
Concrete flooring options: Concrete floors are commonly found in newer homes. They are hard-wearing and can hold heat well. There are many ways to change the look of your concrete floors. Concrete can be polished, honed, stained with acid or colored with a powdered hardener to produce different shades of grays, whites, greens, reds and even yellows. The same material can also be used on countertops to match the look of your floors.
Wood: Comes either as solid wood flooring or engineered planks. A good quality wooden floor can last for many years if it is looked after properly. Like stone however, a wooden floor requires a lot of maintenance - it is more difficult to keep clean than laminate or vinyl. Wood is highly susceptible to water damage and staining so it is important to regularly seal the floor. One of the great advantages to this type of floor is the variety of wood types and hues which are available. Additionally wood can also be painted or stained to produce greater colour and style options.
Stone or tile works very well in heavy traffic areas of the home, such as the kitchen. One of the most durable tiles is ceramic, which comes in various colors and styles. Ceramic tiles also have lots of options that can be sued for decorative designs and/or borders.
Grouting: Allow time to dry after installing all your tiles on the floor. You can now start grouting afterwards. Some tiles like natural tiles, marble, slate, limestone, granite and porcelain should be sealed first before grouting. You can also use a specialized sealer to waterproof your tiles and make them more resistant to dirt and staining.
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