Tiles: The Logical Choice for Flooring
For most New Zealanders, our home is our most valuable asset which is why it makes sense to choose the right materials to ﬁnish it.
As the way in which we live and entertain changes, having a ﬂooring material that is functional, durable and ﬁts our lifestyle becomes crucial.
Have you ever experienced the misfortune of a drink or food spillage on the carpet…or encountered moisture or UV damage on your ﬂoors that are permanent and irreversible?
Don’t Panic! Tiles might be the answer
Modern vitriﬁed Porcelain tiles are not affected by spills or moisture. They are virtually non-absorbent (a less than 0.5% water absorption rate). Food or spillages are easily wiped away, so you can spend more time enjoying life rather than worrying about cleaning up after it!
Tiles are also resistant to scratches, dents and UV damage. They are a perfect surface material for families with children or pets, those who love to entertain or simply those of us who don’t want the hassle of damaged ﬂooring.
Furthermore, tiles are extremely hygienic. The easy clean and impenetrable surface means that allergy-causing dust mites and bacteria cannot reside. A home with tiled living areas not only look great, but are also safe and clean.
Porcelain tiles are highly suitable for all areas because they are:
- Super-Hygienic (Inhospitable To Dust Mites And Bacteria)
- Easy to Clean And Maintain
- Fade-Resistant (Uv-Resistant)
- Cost Effective Over Time
HOW DURABLE SHOULD IT BE?
Living rooms and kitchens are the central hub of any home. Therefore, high performance ﬂoor coverings are required to accommodate high foot trafﬁc and lifestyle activities. It makes sense to select a material that will last, not only saving you time, but also money. After all, why live with a ﬂooring material that looks like it requires changing or major maintenance after a relatively short period of time?
CORE ISSUES OF FLOORING SURFACES IN NEW ZEALAND
Problems associated with a home’s ﬂooring usually relate to longevity and durability. For example timber, engineered planks and vinyl are prone to scratching, dents or UV fading. They may look great when newly installed, but over time inevitably scratching and dents occur due to normal wear and tear. Re-sanding and re-coating is necessary at an additional cost that home owners don’t often factor in. Similarly, coverings such as carpet, over a period of time, changes in appearance. The fabric loses its pile thickness and eventually appears worn out due to foot trafﬁc or furniture. It pays to be aware that most manufacturers consider this to be normal wear and tear without warranty coverage, along with a list of exclusions to “stain-proof” the said warranty.
An interesting study conducted by the Tile Council of America shows that tiles are not only one of the most durable materials for ﬂooring but, unlike many soft-ﬂooring surfaces, retain their appearance for a far longer period of time.
Modern porcelains are ﬁred at 1200⁰C, making them extremely resistant to wear and tear. Just how durable and long lasting are porcelain tiles? Check out the comparison chart below!
WHAT ABOUT THE COSTS? WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER TILES?
On top of advantages in functionality and durability, tiles are extremely cost-effective over the life span on your home.
Whether you are renovating or building, it is critical to think about how long materials will last and the cost of maintenance for your ﬂooring, as well as initial raw material and installation costs. Certain ﬂoor coverings may have lower initial costs but the maintenance involved costs more over time until full replacement is needed.
Along with our own market research, and an independent cost analysis by the Tile Council of North America, we believe tiles are the most cost-effective ﬂooring material available. See below comparison.
Note: unlike many ﬂooring surface suppliers who only cover wear & tear, Tile Warehouse guarantees their tiles for a period of 10 years from date of purchase when installed in accordance with good tiling practice.
Phone the Tile Experts on 0800 289 845 or visit tilewarehouse.co.nz
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