People have used tiles to decorate their floors, walls, and even ceilings for thousands of years. For proof, you only need to look at ancient Roman buildings, Islamic mosques, pre-Christian temples, Eastern palaces, and even Buddhist and Hindu structures that are still standing today. Tiles have stood the test of time and will continue doing so for many reasons.
Here are just a few reasons we think floor tiles are the perfect option for your home.
1. Tiles are tough
Along with being a great way to reinvigorate a tired room, tiles are durable, long-lasting and highly resistant to stains. We love our relaxed Aussie lifestyle. You won’t need to worry about your floor getting discoloured if your entertaining and a little red wine is spilt or the kids drop their food on the floor.
Good quality tiles are scratch-proof. You can let your pets run around the house, without the risk of their claws leaving damage to your floor. Kids can be even tougher on floors than pets. Young kids can play with their toys safely. Your floor is safe even with older kids who get into rough play, ride their skateboards, bounce balls, and all the other activities we wish they wouldn’t do inside.
Have you ever visited friends in their new home and they’ve asked you to removed your shoes to avoid damaging the flooring? You can wear work boots or even heeled shoes safely on tiled floors. High heels, are a no-no on some flooring, specifically timber. Porcelain, ceramic, or stone tiles, are suitable for your beloved heels or even work boots without any fear of damaging your floor.
2. Tiles are termite-proof
Termites are a massive headache the moment you find them in your home. They will eat away at any timber or organic building materials in your house. The longer you wait to address your termite problem, the more damage your home will sustain and the more expensive it will be to repair.
Timber flooring can be a huge risk. If you use floor tiles, the tile-covered areas in your home will have some resistance to termite damage. Termites simply can’t chew their way through ceramic, stone, or porcelain.
3. Tiles help prevent asthma and allergy attacks
Asthma Australia reports that one out of nine Australians have asthma. Asthma is a serious condition that can narrow your respiratory passageways and prevent you from breathing properly. It can greatly affect the quality of your life. In some cases, an asthma attack can be fatal—around 400 Australians die from an asthma attack every year.
If you or your family have asthma, or any kind of allergy for that matter, you should really consider installing hard flooring such as tiles. Tiles can be easily cleaned to remove dust, dander, pollen, and other allergens. This means you’ll have less chance of allergens triggering an asthma or allergy attack.
Carpets can harbour dust-mites particularly in humid environments and in recent years it’s been found that they can have Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions that can trigger Asthma and other allergies. This is the reason why tiles are superior to carpet for allergy sufferers.
4. Tiles are low-maintenance
Here in Australia, many of us love the beach. With the beach comes sandy feet and this means sandy floors in your home. None of us are willing to devote many hours to house cleaning each week. With tiles, a simple broom can quickly have your floors clean so even the fussiest family members will be satisfied.
If you use tiles for your flooring, your family can live a healthy, outdoor lifestyle without the stresses it can sometimes cause families. As mentioned previously, tiles are stain-proof, so they’re easy to wipe down. Dust, dander, and other debris don’t build up on tiles—unless you don’t run your vacuum or pick up your broom at all. In any case, it doesn’t take a lot of time to clean and mop a tiled floor, unless they’ve not been cleaned at all for a long time.
5. Variety of design options
You’ll find tiles are a great way to refresh your home design that suits your taste. When you shop for floor tiles, you’ll discover they come in many different designs and styles. Depending on the style of your home, there are many options to suit various purposes. There are options to suit indoor outdoor and tiles that work best in the bathroom or kitchen.
Thanks to modern technology, tile manufacturers now have access to a variety of methods to create tiles. Some of these methods can result in tiles that mimic the appearance of other floorings, such as hardwood.
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