Tips & Advice
What is the best tile material?
The best tile material depends on the needs and budget of the homeowners, plus the location and function of the area where the tiles are located. Many people say that porcelain tile is the best for bathrooms because it is least porous, and absorbs almost no water, plus, it is durable. Ceramic tile is popular for living rooms and kitchens, because it is less expensive than porcelain and low-maintenance. For exterior floors, stone or paver tiles are best.
What are the benefits of tile flooring?
The benefits of tile flooring are: it’s long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic (because the solid, non-porous surface is not as susceptible to mold as wood and carpet). Most types of tile are also easy to clean with just warm water and a splash of mild soap. Finally, tile is cooler than carpet, which makes it very popular in hot climates.
How much does it cost to have floor tiles installed?
The cost to have floor tiles installed typically ranges $1,350-$4,500 per medium-sized room. You must figure in the cost of the flooring tile itself, the cost of other supplies, the price of labor (figure about 15 hours for one contractor), and any equipment that needs to be rented. While the cost of labor is pretty consistent--about $60 per hour--the job cost can vary widely according to what type of tile you use, and the square footage of the room you wish to tile.
How much does floor tile cost?
Depending on the type of floor tile, the grading of that tile, and the brand, tile can cost anywhere from $0.45 to $10 per square foot. The lowest cost type of tile is ceramic, and it typically costs around $2.50 per square foot, though it can cost less than $1.00 per square foot. Natural stone tile and porcelain tile generally fall within a similar range of each other: $5-$7 is the average per square foot. However, Grade One or artisan brand stone tile can cost far above the average or even the high-end ($10 per square foot). Imported Italian stone, for example, might cost more than $20-25 per square foot.
Types of tile for floors are ceramic, porcelain, paver (pressed clay), quarry tile, glass tile and natural stone. Note that ceramic and porcelain both technically fall under the umbrella of ceramic, but the industry divides porcelain into its own category based on its certified water-resistant quality. There is also “wood look” tile made of vinyl.
What are the benefits of hardwood flooring?
Nothing catches the eye like gleaming hardwood floors, which are very durable and can last for decades. Hardwoods can be easy to maintain, and, when they lose their luster or get scratched up, they can be sanded down and refinished, but doesn’t need to happen often. With the abundance of woods available, and with no shortage of contractors to get the job done, hardwoods can be an affordable option and a smart investment.
Which hardwood flooring is most durable?
The most durable hardwoods are going to be the strongest woods, so oak, cherry, and ash are considered among the most durable woods in the United States. Those are also among the most readily available woods. Patagonia Rosewood and Brazilian Walnut are more durable, but are imports, and therefore more expensive. Bamboo, while not technically a wood (it’s a grass), is even more durable, but not necessarily as aesthetically pleasing.
Which wood is used most commonly for flooring?
The most common wood used for hardwood flooring in the United States is oak. Oak trees grow in abundance across large areas of the country making them abundant and a prime source for a strong, affordable wood. It’s is believed oak makes up about 50 percent of the hardwood flooring market. After oak, ash is the next most popular, followed by cherry and alder.
What is the hardest wood floor?
In the flooring world, the Janka scale is used to rate woods for hardness. According to the Janka scale, the hardest woods used for flooring are Patagonia Rosewood (3840), Brazilian Walnut (3680), and Brazilian Ebony (3585). Are you ready for a great twist? Bamboo, which is technically a grass, tops them all with a 5,000 hardness rating. The Douglas fir comes in at 660 on the Janka scale, the lowest and softest wood. There are other woods, and some exceed the 5000 Janka rating, but they are not used in the United States for flooring. Hard does not always translate to durable or practical.
How much does hardwood flooring cost?
As with all projects, the cost to install hardwood floors relies on several factors to determine cost:
Expect lower end softwoods to run around $5 a square foot, plus another $3 to $5 for installation. High end hardwoods will be double that, with medium woods in the middle. These are averages; prices will fluctuate in different areas, so get quotes to know exactly what to expect.
- How many square feet are you covering?
- What kind of wood are you using?
- How much is your contractor charging for installation?