In our homes, tiles are mostly found in the kitchen and the bathroom. They are a great choice for walls, floors, and counter tops because they are water-resistant and easy to clean. But when you’re getting ready to call the tile replacement contractor because the old tiles are showing the wear and tear, or you just want to try a different look for your home, give yourself the time to consider these three very important things.
1. How Much Money Are You Willing to Spend?
Let’s start with the most obvious – can you afford to replace the tiles in your home? The good news is that the cheapest tiles on the market are in the single digit range per square foot, so it is possible to buy new tiles on a tight budget. However, ask yourself whether you’d rather wait a bit, save up more money, and invest into more expensive tiles. Also keep in mind that whether you’re buying expensive new tiles or looking for a good deal, you’ll have to pay the tile replacement contractors to install them either way.
2. Where Do You Want to Place the Tiles?
It should come as no surprise that tiles that work for your kitchen backsplash won’t work for the kitchen floor. These tiles have to deal with different challenges – the backsplash tiles need to withstand hot oil and boiling water. The floor tiles need to deal with those, as well as with pans that slip from your hand, and they also need to have a high coefficient of friction so you don’t slip on them.
Usually, you’d want ceramic tiles for the backsplash, and porcelain tiles for the floor. Stone tiles work especially well in the bathroom, but they can also be used for kitchen floors. Glass tiles are another good choice for bathroom floors because they provide the much-needed friction.
3. How Much Wear and Tear Will the Tiles Have to Deal With?
Porcelain tile is graded using the Porcelain Enamel Institute rating system, which goes from 1 for no foot traffic, to 5 for heavy traffic. This is the wear and tear floor tiles have to deal with the most, and this scale shows how important it is to choose a tile that will be able to withstand that much usage.
Porcelain tiles are made with the PEI rating of 4 or 5, which makes them very durable and a great choice for a room that will see a lot of traffic. If you have a large family and you spend a lot of the time in the kitchen, then porcelain is the choice for you. Stone is another great choice, but glass and porcelain don’t do well with a lot of traffic.