The Pros and Cons of Adding Tile to Your Remodeling Wishlist

by Ben SanfordSeptember 24, 2018

Tile Is Beautiful and Durable, but It’s Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

If you’re in the planning stages of a home remodel, odds are the topic of tile has either been brought up, or it soon will be. Tile is a popular flooring and wall covering option because it’s available in a wide array of colors, patterns, and shapes. Tile is also an extremely durable and low-maintenance option. And yet somehow, it’s still not the right fit for everyone.

If you’re unsure about where you stand on tile as a decorative option in your home, here are some of the pros and cons of using it in various rooms around your property. Hopefully, the information provided here can help you make the right decision for your family’s needs.

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Benefits of Installing Tile

You might not even be thinking about your home’s resale value during your remodel, but you might want to. Tile is a product that can improve your home’s appeal to buyers, so it could have a positive impact on your home’s market value. Tile offers timeless appeal and is often looked for in a home, much like hardwood flooring is.

If installed and maintained properly, tile flooring can last for years, much longer than most other flooring options. It’s also an ideal flooring choice for those who suffer from allergies because tiles don’t trap dirt and dust and they’re made from non-toxic materials.

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Tile flooring is an excellent choice for pet owners because it doesn’t trap in odors, and accidents are easy to clean up. The hard surface of the tile is also strong enough to stand up to a dog’s nails.

Perhaps most importantly, tile is one of the easiest types of floors to clean. Simply sweep or vacuum it, and your work’s done. Spills are easy to clean and as long as the tile is sealed properly, liquids won’t affect it.

Tile flooring can be installed over radiant floor heating systems. In fact, it’s the best flooring option for these types of installations. With a radiant floor heating system and tile, you’ll enjoy comfortably warm floors whenever you need it.
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Disadvantages of Using Tile

Despite the popularity of tile, it’s not for everybody, and the reasons why some might not want it can be varied. For instance, if you don’t have a radiant floor heating system, a tile floor can be cold on the feet. This means you will need to wear slippers all day long if you live in a cold climate.

Tile can also be one of the most challenging types of flooring for a DIY homeowner to install. It usually requires a lot of tile cutting and errors can be easily made when applying mortar, grout, and sealant. Mortar is particularly hard to get accustomed to because it dries so quickly. As a result, if errors are made, they need to be fixed before the mortar has a chance to set.

Tiles with glazed coatings can be dangerous to walk on if they get wet because moisture makes them slippery. There are some manufacturers that feature anti-slip glazed coatings, but not all have them. Therefore, if you want to use glazed tile in your home, you want to ensure you choose tile with anti-slip technology.

If you have a room below a tiled room, then any sounds made in the tiled room won’t be insulated, meaning whoever is downstairs will be able to hear a pin drop. This is important to know if you plan on having a home office (or another room where silence is essential) below a room with tiled flooring. Of course, sound can be reduced by using rugs, but this will fall well short of the insulative properties of cork flooring or carpeting.

Lastly, tile flooring can get chipped if something heavy is dropped on it or it takes a lot of punishing foot traffic. If a tile gets chipped or cracked, then repairing it can be difficult and time-consuming. It’s often a job that’s too much of a challenge for the casual DIY homeowner to accomplish, meaning you’ll have to pay a professional to ensure the new tile fits seamlessly in place.

Is Tile for You and Your Home?

People either love or hate tile, usually for the reasons listed above. If you’re thinking of tiling your home, make sure you do your own research and visit your local hardware or tile and carpet store to see what’s available. The most important part of tiling is doing the installation properly. If you get that down, and you practice good routine maintenance, then the rest is easy and your tile floor will endure for many, many years.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.