Considering installing hard surface flooring in your home? We highly recommend porcelain tiles. They offer far more benefits than almost any other hard surface flooring option and can be used in a wide range of applications.
We always recommend viewing samples of any flooring in person and taking advantage of in-home consultations to see what they look like in “real life.”
9 Benefits of Using Porcelain Tiles in Your Florida Home
In the meantime, here are eight immediate benefits of installing porcelain floor tile in your Florida home.
1. They work with any lifestyle
Choosing flooring to match your lifestyle should always be a priority. That said, our lifestyles have changed through the years. For example, recent empty nesters often replace the pitter-patter of human feet with the pitter-patter of paws, or a house that used to experience lots of indoor/outdoor activity may experience less wear and tear as children age.
And, of course, anyone interested in designing a home to age in place knows mobility-friendly surfaces (like porcelain tile) provide lifelong ease and accessibility. Where desired, secure, low-profile area rugs offer a softer finish for living spaces like the bedroom, formal living room, etc.
High-quality, professionally installed porcelain tile lasts a lifetime and then some. Because they are chip, crack, and stain resistant, you’ll hardly – if ever – need to replace any of the tiles. This makes them one of the most affordable flooring options on the market. Even the highest-end options pay for themselves throughout their lifetime.
3. Pet, kid- and action-friendly
That same durability makes them ideal for households with children or pets. They’re also a top choice for homes that serve as the entertainment hub for friends and family, have a pool in the backyard, or for avid gardeners. Water, sand, wine, mud – all are manageable with a broom and dustpan or a damp cloth.
4. Easy to clean and maintain
Your porcelain tile can be cleaned with just about anything, which is very different from carpet, hardwood, or most laminate flooring options – which require specific cleaning products and instructions.
In most cases, sweeping or mopping with warm water and a mild soap or floor cleaner is all you’ll ever need to keep the floors looking brand new.
5. Seemingly infinite colors, patterns, and textures
Porcelain tiles have been a home design favorite for thousands of years. Part of this is due to their durability and ease of maintenance, but their infinite color and pattern options are another reason homeowners love tile.
While you can go with standard square or subway tiles in virtually any color, we also have porcelain tiles in various shapes and patterns.
6. They look exactly like natural wood or stone
Continuing with that theme, did you know porcelain tiles are also available using patterns and textures replicating natural wood and stone?
You can get porcelain floor tiles, formed like planks, that resemble any natural hardwood option. The forms are so authentic that the tiles have the same textural grooves, ridges, and knots as wood planks. The same manufacturing innovations that make tile look like wood are used to create tiles that look like your favorite natural stone options – including granite, slate, and marble.
Not only does it save you a fortune, but homeowners also appreciate the luxurious look of natural stone without any need for sealing or the risk of staining, etching, or cracks along natural fissures.
While you can see examples of natural wood and stone tile replicas online – ordering online is never a good idea. We recommend visiting a flooring design showroom in person so you can feel, see, and touch them for yourself, as photos don’t do them justice. The nuances between slight style/pattern/color variations can only be chosen in person!
7. Style versatility
Of course, the abundance of tile design options means you can find porcelain tiles that work with any interior design style. From the eclectic farmhouse or transitional home to the ultra-sleek and contemporary, there is a porcelain tile option for every aesthetic taste.
8. They’re not just for floors
Did you know tiles can be used on any flat, structural surface? Many clients use porcelain tiles that match or complement their floor tiles on wall surfaces. This is especially helpful in rooms where water abounds – like bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.
We’ve also seen porcelain tiles used:
- As a fireplace surround
- To decorate the fronts of staircase risers
- As an accent wall
- To create a “pet backsplash” in the pet sleeping zone, making it easier to clean pet grime off the walls
- On the ceiling
- As a faux-headboard
Get creative, and create a beautiful and functional “tile style” that lasts for decades to come.
9. Budget-friendly affordability
Porcelain tiles are budget-friendly in terms of first and lifetime costs. That is particularly true if you’re swapping natural wood and stone for porcelain tile replicas. You’ll enjoy the same luxurious look for a fraction of the price.
Schedule a Porcelain Tile Consultation at Creative Floors
Would you like to see stylish porcelain floor tile examples in your home? Schedule a consultation with Creative Floors, and we’ll help you select the right tile option for every application.