What are the factors you consider while choosing tiles for your home flooring – the color, the price, the finish, the patterns, the options? Think again. Maybe you are not covering all the bases. Tiles are way more than just the aesthetic appeal they create. More than just the colors or finish, other factors like durability, strength, resistance to water, dust, and bacteria also need to be considered.
Besides being really aesthetically appealing, tiles can also be environment-friendly. A lot of tiles these days are made in a way that are chemical-free. Some are even made of recycled and regionally sourced materials.
Let us take a look at how tiles can be the healthy way to go about choosing your home flooring.
Choosing Home Flooring
Dust and Bacteria Resistance
If you thought such qualities are not to be looked for in tiles, you are mistaken. With time a lot of things have changed and so have tiles. Many tiles today are dust and bacteria resistant, ensuring that they do not spread any viral infections or diseases. They also keep the family safe from allergens.
Safety Without Compromises
While choosing the right flooring option for your home, you shouldn’t think of safety or style, rather you should ensure safety along with style. Many tile ranges feature slip- and skid-resistant tiles that not only keep you safe and prevent accidents but also do not compromise with looks. In fact, there are some tiles that also come with fire resistance which means that the tile is not flammable. So, if there is a fire breakout, tiles wouldn’t add to the toxic fumes.
This property in tiles is very important if you are planning to install them in your bathrooms and swimming pool areas. These spaces are more often than not wet and, hence, can get slippery over time. There is a wide range of the tiles are slip resistant, so you may use them in your bathrooms, swimming pools, and even kitchen countertops without hesitation.
Hypoallergenic, in simple words, means something that is relatively unlikely to cause or elicit an allergic reaction. In households, with people suffering from asthma or any breathing issues, one should go for tiles with hypoallergenic properties which are chemical-free and dust-resistant.
One of the best reasons why you must go the healthy tile route for your home flooring is the fact that they are low on maintenance. Because the tiles are so durable, they don’t need much upkeep. Just a damp cloth or a mop with a mild surface cleaner will do the trick. However, you might want to consider applying a sealant every four to five years to increase its life.
Did you know that houses with healthy tiles have a decent resale value? That’s among the major advantages of getting these tiles installed. It can prove profitable in the long run. You would have experienced or seen cases where just a tile revamp of a house brought it more money than it was initially valued at. An attractive tile floor can completely change the way a house looks.
Using healthy tiles for your home is the perfect flooring choice. From unparalleled durability to zero-waste manufacturing, tiles are also the most eco-friendly flooring choice. Add comfort and aesthetic appeal, and you will be left with the perfect mix of features. Besides, tiles are stronger than natural stones like marble and that is what makes them the topmost choice for homeowners these days. Live healthy, look smart, with the right tiles!
About the Author
Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant—specializing in ceramic tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content strategist. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven content for readers that is not only informational but engaging and interesting to read as well. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.