Consider a new floor and narrow down your options to the best for you and your family. It could be ceramic tile, or hardwood? How will you know the pros and cons of each of these flooring options?
Luckily, you can find out from the Gilbert floor removal experts which kind of flooring will be the best for your home.
Choose Ceramic Tile for Beauty and Longevity
Ceramic tile is the modern stone floor. While this option is stunning for entryways and well-lit display areas, there are some severe care concerns that the average homeowner must address before installation.
Ceramic tile is made of a variety of clays and can be brittle. The best way to avoid future damage is to install with care. This usually means a solid sub-floor and good tile adhesion. The grout between the tiles must also be specially mixed; if sand-based, the grout must also be sealed.
Once Kodiak has your tile floor installed, you, as the homeowner, keep it clean. This includes avoiding scratches that damage the tile’s glaze and reveal the tile’s underbody color.
Using sliding chair-pads and furniture coasters will help reduce this risk. You also need to pick a color and style of ceramic tile that will last for years. In addition, be aware that changing tile needs dust free tile removal professionals to reduce dust hazards.
Choose Hardwood for Low Cost and Long Life
Solid and engineered hardwood floors are available. These two types differ significantly. Solid wood floors require a wood sub-floor because the planks must be nailed in place. In high humidity areas, solid wood floors should be avoided. Depending on the humidity, you may have to enjoy over with your new floor.
Engineered planks can challenge, as they can be installed by glue-down, staple-down, or floating.
Engineered wood can be installed on concrete subfloors, and this option is more dimensionally stable and resists warping better than wood.
Also, engineered wood floors are less expensive than solid wood floors and less costly than ceramic tile.
Regardless of the engineered flooring type, a level sub-floor and proper preparation are required. Also, keep in mind that wood floors are never recommended for high humidity or wet areas. Some pre-finished engineered flooring options damage well in kitchens, provided the homeowner protects the floor with rugs.
Use chair pads to prevent scratching and dust-mopping or to sweep to remove grit. The wood may eventually darken in rooms with lots of sunlight, but water damage from patio doors is the major threat.
Where to Find My Gilbert Floor Removal Experts
Ceramic tile is ideal for those with a larger budget. Better for those on a budget is hardwood, especially engineered “floating” installation options. Ceramic thrives in humid environments; wood does not. Ceramic tile rarely changes color unless heavily scratched; wood can discolor over time due to water damage or sun exposure.
Both options require a level sub-floor with no dips, high spots, or mountains.
To get the best dust-free flooring removal and the least time of damage to your home, Contact Kodiak Tile and Stone, or you can fill in the compact form for a direct reply.