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A Quick Guide to Selecting Tile Flooring

Living room tile floorYour home looks great, except you want to upgrade some of the flooring. The main rooms you want to remodel are the kitchen and bathrooms, although other rooms in your house are also under consideration.

One option you’re looking at is tile flooring. You love the style and details it can add to the design of a room.

Tile flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring, especially for kitchens and bathrooms, and for good reason. Many types of tile are durable, resistant to mold and mildew, and slip-resistant. Tiles also come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and textures to go with all your interior design styles and flooring needs.

Here are a few quick tips to help guide you in selecting the right tile flooring for any room in your home.

Different Rooms, Different Tile Flooring Needs

Each room of your house has different requirements for suitable tile flooring. This is especially true for kitchens and bathrooms. The type of tile flooring you choose will depend on the amount of foot traffic, moisture levels, and the design style you want in the room.

The size of a room can be a factor in the size and shape of the tiles in the flooring. Smaller rooms, such as bathrooms or entryways, do well with smaller sized tile shapes such as hexagonal, penny, or mosaic. In larger rooms, tiles that are large squares or rectangles work well to help define the space.

For kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and other areas in which the floor can become slippery, be sure to choose a tile material that is slip-resistant. The slip-resistance of a tile has an industry rating system called Coefficient of Friction, or COF.

If a tile is considered slip-resistant, this means a person walking on the flooring has less of a chance of their foot unexpectedly sliding. In the COF rating system, a tile with a high COF, such as stone tile, is considered extremely slip-resistant. A tile with a low COF, such as polished marble tile, is not slip-resistant.

Textured tile flooring or smooth tiles that have a slip-resistant coating are the best options for areas that are prone to getting wet.

Foot Traffic and Your Tile Flooring Needs

There is another tile rating system known as PEI. This is a system to help contractors and designers, and you as the consumer, to determine what tile material would work best for high and low traffic areas of your home.

PEI stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute. This is a rating system of 1-5 given to tile for the level of foot traffic it can withstand. The National Kitchen & Bath Association explains that a tile with a rating of 1 is best for no foot traffic, a rating of 2 is light foot traffic, 3 is moderate to light foot traffic, 4 is moderate to heavy, and 5 is heavy to extra heavy foot traffic.

Sticking to Your Budget When Installing Tile Flooring

You can stick to your remodeling budget and still be able to add the beauty of tile flooring to your home. There are several options when selecting tile flooring to fit your budget.

Ceramic tile is a durable and budget-friendly choice. This type of tile comes in a variety of textures, styles, and designs. To add visual interest without breaking the bank, consider adding a few higher-end accent tiles into the pattern.

Vinyl tiles are another inexpensive flooring option that can work well in many areas of your home.

If your budget is a bit higher, consider creating specific designs in the flooring that include higher-end tiles, such as adding an accent tile the middle of the room. Then, add less expensive ceramic tiles for the rest of the flooring.

Creating patterns throughout the room using moderately priced tiles of different colors and sizes is another way to add dimension and interest to the room without going over your budget.

Hiring professionals for Your Tile Flooring

Selecting the tile flooring that works best for your budget and home can be daunting. Taking the time to evaluate the needs of the room where the flooring will be installed can help you choose the type of tile that will work best.

Hiring a flooring company that specializes in tile installation to do the install, such as Pro Floors of Utah, will ensure you have the correct tile material for your flooring.

The professional staff at Pro Floors Utah is trained to know the type of tile that’s best for each level of foot traffic and slip-resistance your flooring needs. Our trained employees can help you select the shape, size, color, and texture of tile flooring that will withstand years of wear and tear for any room in your home.

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Brandon Brown

I grew up in our families flooring business in Midvale with my parents and grandfather. Over the years I had the opportunity to estimate, sell and install all types of flooring both residential and commercial with my grandfather, father, brothers, cousins and uncles (many of which are still in the business). My favorite part of the business is meeting new people every day and enjoying the diversity of each of the projects we tackle. I guess you could say, "it is in my blood."

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