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At some point, all homeowners face the same question: what should I do with my floors? Do you go with carpet or wood flooring? Vinyl or tile? What type of flooring would benefit you and your home the most?

At Dr. Chem-Dry, we have years of experience cleaning up every kind of flooring surface imaginable. While they all have particular strengths and advantages, we’ve found that tile seems to have a lot going for it. It’s a cheap, attractive and easy to install type of flooring that could make your house look great. Here are seven benefits to having tile flooring in your home.

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Durability

Tile is extremely resilient when it comes to staining and wear. Tile is perfect for placement in high traffic areas. It doesn’t have strong impact resistance, though: if you drop a heavy object on tile, it’s as likely to crack as anything else.

Low Maintenance

Because it is so durable, tile doesn’t need much in the way of upkeep. They’ll need to be cleaned, just like any other surface in your home that gets dirty. You’ll want to apply a sealant on your tile about once every 4-5 years. Aside from that, you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to keeping your tiles in good shape.

Cost Effective

Ceramic tiles are very cost effective: they’re one of the cheapest flooring surfaces available. When you factor the initial cost of purchasing the tile and installing them with their longevity and lack of costly maintenance, it becomes clear that tiles are worth every penny. Of course this also depends on the type of tile you use: there are more expensive and high-end tiles on the market.

Water Resistant

Ceramic tiles have a glazed protective layer on their surface that makes them impervious to water damage and stain penetration. This is why tile is so often used to floor bathrooms. They’re also naturally resistant to humidity, making them ideal for flooring an area that is very hot or moist.

Eco-Friendly

Tile is usually made out of raw materials like glass, sand and clay. These materials often get combined with other recycled materials to form ceramic tiles. They also can literally affect your personal environment: they can reduce your heating bills by keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter by serving as a form of insulation.

Resale Value

Installing tile in your home can also prove to be profitable in the long run if you’re going to put your house on the market. There have been many cases where adding a tile floor to a house tremendously increased its resale value. An attractive tile floor could possibly add thousands of dollars to your home’s value.

Air Quality

Tiles are fired in kilns at extremely high temperatures, making it so they contain no volatile organic compounds. This is important as VOCs contribute to a wide range of health problems. Some other forms of flooring (like vinyl and carpet) have low VOC output, but none can stand toe to toe with tiles.

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