1. Design Flexibility.
Thanks to the variety of sizing options of ceramic tiles, design flexibility is drastically improved. You can opt for small mosaics, standard square tiles, large format options and even 'pebble' effects. All these choices add to the design characteristics that are perfect for your application.
There is a tile option for nearly any application, and your imagination and creativity are your only limitations when installing tiles. From wet rooms, to kitchens, to patios and conservatories, to a tiled hearth in front of a fireplace, you can adapt tiles to nearly any surface, indoors or out. In some homes, it is not uncommon to find an entire house tiled wall to wall in an effort to keep cool, and provide a versatile flooring surface.
3. Cost Effectiveness.
Tiling still remains one of the most cost effective flooring surfaces on the market today. When considering initial costs versus longevity, it becomes clear that ceramic tiles offer the best value of any flooring surface. Limited upkeep and maintenance adds to the value even further. Square footage material costs compare with most other alternatives, and while the initial installation costs may be slightly higher, it's important to consider all the long term costs and value when judging overall cost effectiveness. County Tiles can help you with accurate estimating and planning.
Even the ancient Romans saw the benefits in tile durability. Tiles are great for high traffic situations thanks to their strength, and resilience to staining and wear. While not extremely impact resistant, the wear-ability of tiles is the reason for their durability.
5. Installation Variety.
Your installation options are only limited by your imagination and the impressive choice available at County Tiles will get your creativity flowing. Traditionally flooring has always been the number one usage of ceramic tiles, but of course you aren't limited to just floors. Backsplashes, porticos, murals and countertops can all be tiled in an artistic manner to complement your décor. You can match your floor to your tile walls, or contrast the two, there are no limits.
6. Ease of Maintenance.
While no floor remains entirely maintenance free, a ceramic tile floor comes about as close at it can to being service free. Short of the application of the occasional sealant, applied once every four years or so, tiles only require the regular cleaning that any flooring surface would require. With the installation of grout, tile becomes almost impervious to water damage, and can be virtually hosed off if necessary. Many products are available that assist tile maintenance and upkeep, all of which can be found in nearly any home goods provider or supermarket.
7. Ease of Repair.
Even though ceramic tiles are strong, there is still the opportunity for breakage, as with any earthenware. When a breakage does occur, repairing tiles is far simpler than fixing hardwood or plank flooring. Simply remove the broken pieces, clean the area, reinstall replacement tiles and re-grout the repaired area. Completing tile repairs typically takes less time than repairing a wood floor, or even a composite flooring surface. It is important to keep several pieces of tile left over from your installation for these repair needs.
8. Easy Installation.
Generally speaking, the installation process for ceramic tiles is a project easily completed by the average do-it-yourself enthusiast. The basic procedure involves prepping the area, gauging the space, installing the tiles, and grouting to finish the project.
As always, style counts, and tiles are no exception to that rule. Tiles have a finish and style to adapt to any décor; from traditional to contemporary, there is a colour and a texture to fit every need. There is an unlimited variety – from bright vibrant colours to muted tones and everything in between, and a brief trip to County Tiles in Guildford will certainly prove this point – we have thousands to choose from. And, while colours and textures can vary greatly between manufacturers, virtually any combination can be found in the showroom.
10. Increasing the value of your home.
In many cases, adding a tile floor to your home will increase its potential resale value tremendously. Potential buyers will certainly take notice of a well installed and designed tile floor. With its attractive style and impressive presentation, a good tile floor can add thousands of pounds in potential value to prospective customers.