Smart flooring: The benefits of tiling your floor

Floor tiles are one of the oldest enduring home improvements, and people around the world are still reaping the same benefits from tiling their floors as they have for thousands of years. There is clear logic behind the lasting popularity of  floor tiles, from their ease of maintenance to their design flexibility, which is why they continue to be one of the most popular floor coverings on the market today. Below we take a look at some of the top advantages of tiling your floor.

Adaptability

Floor tiles are one of the most adaptable floor coverings around. No matter what fixtures you have in your room, you should be able to adapt your tiles to fit around them. They can be used throughout your home, in kitchens, bathrooms and even bedrooms. Tiles are not only limited to your floor but can be used on other surfaces for many purposes, such as a backsplash or a border.

Floor tiles also come in a great variety of colours and sizes. From smaller mosaic tiles to larger slab tiles, you can always find a design and colour that matches your décor. The only limits to installing floor tiles is your imagination, and with the huge range of tiles available, you can achieve just about any vision you set out to create. Take a look at Lonny’s tile trends for 2015 if you are looking for some inspiration.

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Easy maintenance and repair

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Another advantage of tile flooring is the low level of maintenance needed for upkeep. Once you have your tile floor installed, you will have a hygienic surface that is incredibly easy to clean. Cleaning your floor is easy: most supermarkets carry a wide range of specialist cleaning products on their shelves.

While tile floors are very sturdy, there will be an occasion when you will have to perform a repair. Luckily, performing repairs to a tile floor is simpler than a lot of other floor coverings. You simply need to remove the broken pieces, clean the area, replace with a new tile and then re-grout. The process is straightforward, and a lot quicker than repairs to other floorings.

Check out DIY Network’s handy guide to repairing cracked tiles.

Durability

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If you go into any historic building, there is a good chance that you will come across a tiled floor at some point in your visit, probably in good condition too. For good reason, people have chosen floor tiles for their durability and longevity, which is one of the key reasons why you should consider tiles for your floor. If you are looking for a floor covering that will stand up to stress of your busy lifestyle, then tiles will not let you down.

Marble tiles take the title of the toughest commercially available tile, and whilst ceramic tiles can still stand the test of time, choosing a marble tile will ensure your floor will remain in pristine condition for years to come. Marble tiles can be both stylish and excellent value, such as these Carrara White Marble tiles from Tiles Direct. They also offer free delivery on orders over £499. 

Value for money

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Floor tiles offer excellent value for money. If you are looking for a floor covering that will last for a long time and not stretch your budget, you should consider installing floor tiles. The tiles themselves will not cost the earth, with prices comparable to other popular floor coverings. Additionally, their low maintenance and cleaning costs will also cost you less down the road, with replacement tiles and cleaning products being relatively cheap, should you need to invest in them.

If you are unable to install the tiles yourself, there will probably be a moderate installation cost, however, the value you will see in the long-term will far outweigh this. If you want to work out how much a potential tiling project will cost, you can do so by working out how many tiles you will need for the area you are covering. This handy tile calculator will help you predict the cost of your renovation. Once you have your estimated number of tiles, you can estimate the cost of the project.

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