It probably goes without saying that just like us, you love to look at interior design and home decor photos online. If you've been on Pinterest or Instagram for 2.5 seconds or longer, you've come across 'just a few' photos of kitchens and bathrooms adorned with ceramic tile. Gorgeous designs in muted grays, vibrant hues highlighted in hand painted perfection, and high gloss showstoppers with beveled edges are absolutely everywhere. If only we had a house with 20 bathrooms and 15 kitchens, we could have every single one of the tiles pinned to our "Love You, Need You" board.
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But, then we see those designs come off the wall and onto the floor and .... pause ...hmmm .... tap... untap ... maybe ... uh, let me keep scrolling and think about pinning to my board. All of that design and color that makes the wall pop, can I really commit to that on my floor? I love you now, but will I love you forever?
Let's just point out that in the flooring world "forever" can be 100 year hardwood heirloom floors or, it can be 20 years when a new design trend in tile comes around. Regardless, flooring in general is a long term commitment and one that you have to take into consideration because it is, after all, the foundation of the room. If you are going to invest in a tile floor, you may want to think about classic designs and leave the trendy looks to accents in your home.
Classic design will gracefully sway along the ebb and flow of the ever-changing tile trends. Always in style, classic tiles will accommodate your five year crush on Spanish influenced design then easily move on to your modern farmhouse remodel.
Do You Feel A Chill?
As lovely as it is, there are a few drawbacks to ceramic tile namely it can be hard, cold, and unforgiving to anything that falls on its surface. Ouch. Those can be more than drawbacks, but actual deal breakers. Do not worry, you can still have the look and suffer none of the consequences with luxury vinyl tiles and engineered stone.
The perfect and practical alternative to ceramic and natural stones, luxury vinyl tile and engineered stone are durable and crack-resistant. Both options come in fantastic natural stone and ceramic visuals such as slate, marble, concrete, and travertine. They are also both soft and quiet underfoot and can be installed with or without grout. Unlike ceramic tile which can be too heavy for upper stories, luxury vinyl tile and engineered stone can be installed on any level floor of a home or condominium. Speaking of installation, luxury vinyl and engineered stone are much easier to install than ceramic floors.
A great example of engineered stone is UltraCeramic. With its limestone core, UltraCeramic is really strong and available in a range of sizes. Perfect for busy families and households with pets, UltraCeramic has high-grade durability for an easy-to-maintain lifestyle.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Luxury vinyl tiles are made of the same construction as luxury vinyl planks. Many outstanding brands offer an array of options in luxury vinyl tiles (also known as LVT) such as Beauflor, Tarkett, and Metroflor.
Available in natural stone, ceramic, marble, and concrete visuals, luxury vinyl tiles are as well suited in a traditional setting as in a modern industrial styled loft. One of our favorite new collections for an industrial loft style is Metroflor's Déjà New in smooth concrete designs.
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Whether choosing engineered stone or luxury vinyl tile, one benefit you will most definitely love forever is both are simple to clean and maintain. Additionally, while ceramic tile is water-resistant, many luxury vinyl tile options are waterproof which makes a big difference when installing it in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mudrooms.
Worry-free, high performing, and beautiful? Most definitely, these are tile floors to love forever.