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Top 4 Benefits of Tile Floors

Wood, laminate, carpet, or tile floors? It's a big question and one you'll probably have to live with for the next decade or so. Tile is the problem solver of all flooring. It takes on just about any challenge with style.

Candie Cox, a flooring consultant for South Side Lumber, Inc., in Herrin, Illinois, is an expert when it comes to delivering flooring recommendations for custom client projects. Cox says, "Floor tiles are like a puzzle. You can put almost anything together and every tile job is different." In addition, Cox says tile is a great flooring option because of its versatility and longevity, among other distinguishing characteristics.

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Here are four benefits of installing tile floors in your home:

1. It Will Last a Long Time

According to Cox, "Most people are looking for that harder, more durable surface when they decide to install tile." Two tile options in particular—ceramic and porcelain—are known for their resilience and long-lasting characteristics. Most tile, however, will last for many years if it's cared for properly. This includes a proper installation and careful cleaning with non-abrasive, non-acidic products.

2. It Comes in a Variety of Options

When it comes to finding the right tile flooring, you have a wide range of options in terms of color and style. Beth Sanders, a design consultant within the national Do it Best Corporation, points to this versatility as a main selling point of tile. Sanders says, "A lot of people love the wood look, but you obviously can't put wood flooring in high-moisture areas like bathrooms. There are so many options now with tile that has the wood look. People love it."

3. It's Healthy

Tile floors can also help preserve your indoor air quality. Tile is fired in high-temperature kilns, meaning it carries little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can contribute to a wide variety of health problems. And for the health of the environment, programs like Daltile's Greenworks initiative are aimed at lessening the flooring industry's carbon footprint.

4. It Requires Less Maintenance

If your tile floors are glazed, they require very little maintenance. Tile is also great at withstanding water, spills, and pet accidents, if it is sealed correctly. Sanders says, "That is one of the best selling points of tile. Soap and water will clean up any spill, and a lot of the grouts on the market are 100 percent stain-resistant."

It's simple. Tile is your ultra-durable, easy-to-care-for, healthy, beautiful choice for flooring in your home. Check it out today!

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