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 stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete offers several benefits. It requires less long-term maintenance and care than many other materials, and the installation process is simpler and less labor intensive. Like traditional concrete, stamped concrete is incredibly durable, and it provides greater longevity than competing materials. Also, stamped concrete can be visually appealing, and can enhance the look and value of your home.
How long does stamped concrete last?
Stamped concrete is designed to last as long as traditional concrete. This durable material has a lifespan of 25 years or more, provided it has been competently installed and maintained. A sealant is required to preserve the color of stamped concrete, and this protectant brings the added benefit of extending the overall life of the material.
Does the color of stamped concrete fade over time?
The color of stamped concrete can fade over time if proper measures aren't taken. Applying a sealer is an excellent way to protect the color of the stamped concrete on your floors. It's also essential to reseal your concrete every two or three years. Many sealers include UV protectants designed to banish fading caused by exposure to the sun.
How much does it cost to install stamped concrete?
For a basic job, it typically costs $8-$12 per square foot to install stamped concrete. For more complicated projects, costs can soar as high as $18 per square foot. Basic jobs involve just one pattern and color, while more complex jobs utilize elaborate, multipattern designs and dramatic coloring effects.
Is stamped concrete slippery when wet?
Stamped concrete can be slippery when wet, but less so than conventional concrete. The textured surface of the overlay provides more traction. Greater slip resistance can be achieved by mixing a gritty material into the sealer before the concrete is applied.