What is proven the longest lasting flooring?

What is proven the longest lasting flooring?
October 26, 2017

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 homeowners 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.

So just how durable and long lasting are porcelain tiles? Check out this comparison chart:

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.

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?

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It makes sense when selecting your home’s finishings, to ensure products are chosen that stand the test of time.

Modern porcelains are fired at 1200C, making them extremely resistant to wear and tear. Soft flooring is inherently less permanent and some would say only temporary flooring due to its softness in regards to surface hardness and susceptibility to deep abrasion and wear. A properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast nearly any other flooring option on the New Zealand market.

If the above doesn’t convince, Tile Warehouse offers a 10-year guarantee of all tile and stone! Read here for further information.

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