When it comes to performance and return on investment there are relatively few home design products that can compete with porcelain and ceramic tile for flooring and walls. With a life cycle of 50 years, when broken down on an annual basis, it is also a sustainable low maintenance and low cost choice that on average cost less than 40¢ per square foot annually, according to the Tile Council of North America. On the surface, when it comes to flooring most people assume it’s the most expensive option given the initial cost in comparison to lower initial cost options such as carpet and vinyl tile. That is until you consider that most carpet and vinyl tile has on average a 6 to 10 year life with a $1.08 to $1.39 per square foot annual cost when factoring in greater maintenance requirements.
So let’s take a look at some of the benefits that makes porcelain and ceramic tile a timeless and appealing choice:
Ceramic and porcelain are very easy to clean and maintain. Sweeping and cleaning with water and mild detergent and drying with a clean cloth is all that is required.
As mentioned above its durability and longevity exceeds other flooring types.
They are scratch, chemical, frost, and water resistant. In fact some porcelain tiles can be used outdoors.
They will not fade or change color when exposed to direct sunlight like hardwoods and many carpets.
Porcelain and high end ceramic can add to your home value and desirability when it comes time for resale.
They can be used with radiant floor heat and are fireproof.
Below are examples of a number of installation options and living areas that are suitable for porcelain and ceramic tiles:
One alternative to hardwoods are the new faux wood porcelain tiles.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles have long been a popular option in kitchens. Here the floor was installed with a herringbone pattern in gray faux wood porcelain which perfectly complements the gray subway tile backsplash.
Installing tiles on the diagonal gives the appearance of a more spacious room.
A combination of small and large scale rectangular gray porcelain tile in a bath used as a full wall treatment and a floor tile provides a nice wow factor as seen above.
The faux wood porcelains are also a nice durable option for pet owners.
Frost proof impervious porcelain tiles can be used outdoors.
If durability, longevity, low maintenance and getting the best return on your investment are a priority when it comes to home improvements, ceramic and porcelain tiles may be one of the best options to consider.