For the last several decades, tile has been one of the most common choices for flooring in many Kamloops homes. It’s durable, comes in various sizes and colors, and has products to match most budgets. In recent years, however, many consumers have turned to polished concrete as a flooring alternative. Although it started as cost-effective flooring for commercial spaces, homeowners have started to discover this durable, cost-effective flooring option. However, which one is the right choice for you? Whether your choose tile and polished concrete, both are durable, have reasonable price options, and look great. Both can support radiant floor heating systems, are resistant to moisture damage, and are sustainable flooring alternatives. Whether you’re deciding on new flooring for your new house or renovating your existing Kamloops home, consider the pros and cons before choosing which product is best for your home.
· Do It Yourself: Laying tile is a common DIY project even though it requires some physicality and skills with basic tools (saw, trowel, measuring tape, level). In fact, many home improvement stores offer classes on how to complete such a project. Polishing concrete requires the ability to control and properly use a special polisher. Because of the smaller spaces in homes (and proximity of walls), this is not typically easily accomplished by the average homeowner. Advantage: Tile
· Cleaning and Maintenance: Both products are low maintenance easily cleaned with simple soap and water. However, tile will require occasional re-grouting as the grout in between tiles wear down. Advantage: Concrete
· Cost: While basic ceramic tile is relatively inexpensive, other tile materials (such as travertine and stone) and design elements can quickly cause the price to jump. Additionally, there is required upkeep in regards to periodically re-grouting tile, especially in the high-traffic areas of your Kamloops home. Polished concrete is also inexpensive in its basic form, but can become more expensive if decorative elements are added. Concrete, however, has virtually no lifecycle cost—unless you decide to occasionally buff high traffic areas to maintain a high shine. Advantage: Concrete
· Sound: One of the biggest problems with using hard flooring options is that they don’t absorb sound. In order to avoid the “echo” effect in tile or concrete flooring, be sure to add rugs and fabric accents. Disadvantage: Tile and Concrete
Both tile and polished concrete are great options for high-traffic areas of your home. Determining which flooring to use is a question of personal style, budget, and whether you wish to do the work yourself or hire a contractor. As with all major renovations, just be sure you take the time to research your options before making a choice.
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