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February 2014

Some common questions about adding tile to a new home

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What is the cost?

Expect to pay from $13.50-$16.50 per square foot for standard tile flooring. This is labor and material included. Don’t cut corners with your installer or materials. A good installer will take pride in his work– grout lines will be straight and even, and tiles should be level. Underlayment, thin-set and grout should all be installed per the manufacturer’s specifications as well.

How do I maintain my tile and grout?

Many people ask about sealing their tiles.  If you have natural stone, the answer is a resounding YES.  If you have ceramic or porcelain tiles the answer is no, but you definitely want to seal the grout lines.  Most manufactures recommend a cleaning and sealing for grout and natural stone once every 1-2 years.  Buy a high quality sealer for less maintenance.  If you have floor tiles meeting wall tiles, this seam can tend to crack.  Use an acrylic based colored grout caulk to solve this problem.

Why is tile so cold?

Tile has a greater specific heat—meaning it takes direct heat to warm up your floor.  Tile also has thermal resistance—meaning it sucks the heat out of your feet quicker than your carpet.  This is great for the summers, but not so good in the winters.  You can solve this by wearing socks, or have a pair of slippers conveniently located near your tile floors.  Most people find that this is a small price to pay compared to the durability, beauty and value tile has to offer.

3 great reasons to install tile in your new home

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Have you been thinking about installing tile in your new home? Here are 3 reasons why you should.

Tile is durable

IMG_6205Tile doesn’t warp, bubble, or fall apart from water damage.  Ceramic and porcelain tiles are nearly impervious to water thus avoiding stains and water damage. The standard underlayment for tile floors is a cementitious product that holds up to swelling and warping as well.  This allows you to be more liberal with your soap and water when cleaning.  If breakage occurs have no fear. Since we are dealing with dimensional flooring that comes in sizes ranging from 6”- 16” it is relatively inexpensive and quick when replacing a broken tile.

Tile is beautiful

Ever get compliments on your vinyl floor?  Probably not, but you’re more than likely to have compliments on your tile.  Tile is attractive.  Just ask the millions of people who visit sites and museums around the world that house priceless works of art made with tile!  Most people consider tile to be a true material that has historically been appreciated down through the ages, and will for ages to come.

Tile adds value

Laminate and vinyl surfaces are not considered upgrades to your home, but add tile in the mix and you have now added value to your home.  This translates to more money in your pocket or equity in your home.