When doing a home renovation, it is common to change, upgrade, or add to your current flooring installation among the other changes you are making to your home's interior. Although the actual installation process can be simple (depending on the type you use), this does not mean it can be done mindlessly. There are several considerations that go into deciding the flooring for a home and specific renovation tips that can affect both the ease of installation and how well the new floor will hold up over time. Try answering some of the following questions before starting your project in order to have a more effective and smoother installation process.
What Type of Flooring Do You Want and Is It Compatible?
There are numerous different reasons why a homeowner would gravitate to a certain tile type over others, and these motivations are what you should consider when making your decision. The reason for this analysis is that not all tile types are as easily usable under the same conditions, so you may find that the tile you most want is not the best fit. For instance, you may adore the look of natural stone and want to tile your floor in it. However, your home has a shifting foundation and this will cause cracks and breaks in hard surface tiles. In this situation, the tile type you want is not compatible with your home, but that doesn't mean you're left helpless. If your desire for natural stone is rooted in the surface's appearance, then using stone-look vinyl or laminate will get the same visual appeal while being more flexible and resistant to shifts in the foundation. By focusing on the why (natural appearance of stone) rather than the what (stone tile), you can arrive at the most compatible option.
What Is the Room's Traffic Level?
When considering tile types, both the amount of traffic and the size of traffic need to be taken into account. Durability and resistance are important for any high-traffic location, and you’ll want to consider scuff resistance if the location sees a lot of shoes (like a front hall). If kids will frequent that area, dirt and stain resistance as well as physical durability will warrant a careful eye.
Can the Tile Colour Support Future Redecorations?
You have likely chosen a tile colour that will complement the room's current look, but how versatile will it be if you wish to make changes in the future? Consider which stylistic needs you can confidently say won't change and make your choice accordingly. For instance, the size of the room is unlikely to change over the years, so a small room can look much larger by choosing lighter tiles. Conversely, dark flooring makes big rooms feel more cozy. If you want to take the same, versatile option, then go for neutral tones—especially if you prefer colourful decor items.
What is the Moisture Level and Climate Like?
Consider how wet the room is likely to end up becoming and make sure you pick a tile type that can repel the water properly. There is a reason why ceramic is more popular in bathrooms and kitchens than, say, hardwood or rugs. Ambient moisture from your local climate also needs to be accounted for. If you live in a humid area, then carpet and wood may not be the best choice even if they would be far away from sources of water in the home.
Do You Want to DIY?
One of the common ways to reduce installation costs is to simply do it yourself. However, not all tile types are DIY-friendly. If you plan on laying the tile yourself, make sure to pick a type that can match your level of skill and experience. Generally speaking, vinyl or laminate tiles tend to be more novice DIY-friendly since they can be rolled out in sheets and therefore involve a minimal amount of grout or adhesive precision. Some tiles also comes with locking seams so they can be placed similar to puzzle pieces.
Enhance Your Home Renovations with Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933. Over the decades, Centura has developed an extensive inventory of tiles suitable for any environmental conditions so you can find the most water-resistant, easy-care, easy-install, easy-anything tile you need.
To learn more about interior design options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.