People install tile floors in their home for a myriad of reasons: it looks classy, it’s easy to clean, and it lasts a long time. And these are certainly all valid reasons to get tile in your home. However, tile doesn’t come without its disadvantages – here, then, is our list of disadvantages of tile flooring.
- The flooring, without question, is cold and hard on feet. This could be a problem for someone who has rheumatism, or any other malady that can be negatively affected by excessive cold.
- Depending on what type of tile you choose, it can set you back quite a few hundred – or even thousand – dollars. Ceramic tile is relatively inexpensive – but the same cannot be said for marble, granite, or travertine tile.
- If the tile has a glossy finish, it can become very slippery, especially when wet. This can render the floor unsafe.
- If the tile doesn’t have a glossy finish (i.e., it’s matte), it will need to be sealed before it can be walked upon – unsealed tile is susceptible to dirt, breakage, and water damage. Once sealed, of course, you run into the problem mentioned before (i.e., slippery when wet).
- Tiles are heavy – they need to be installed using a series of mortars, concretes, and grouts. (And don’t forget your subfloors!) While it looks like it’s pretty easy to install on the surface, the reality of the situation is, one should really hire a professional for your tile installation. In addition, because tiles are so heavy, they may not be ideal for upper flooring options.
Here at David Waller, we’re happy to help you with your next flooring project, whether you go with tile…or another material. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation and let’s see what we can do for you – there’s no job too big, or too small!