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By The Roshek Group | Agent in Woodland Park, CO

Should you tile your Colorado dream home?

Tile Flooring for your Colorado homeTile is one of the most popular and durable choices in flooring for today’s homes.  But, it is not the right choice for every home.  Before you head out to the flooring store to pick out tile for your Colorado Springs home, consider all of the pros and cons:

Pros: 

Looking Good:  Tile is one of the most versatile flooring products available.  It comes in a wide array of colors, materials, and sizes.  From bold colored ceramics to natural stone, there are looks for every decorating style.  Tile also has decorative products that will allow you to add a beautiful border or focal point in your floor.

Durability:  When installed correctly, tile can last for decades.  It stands up well to normal wear and tear, doesn’t stain easily, and tends to retain its looks over a long period of time.

Easy To Clean:  If you’ve ever tried to clean grape juice out of a carpet, you understand how much work cleaning floors can be.  For many Colorado families, tile is a great choice because it is easy to care for.  Generally speaking, you can clean tile floors with mild soap and water.  It is virtually stain resistant, so special cleaning supplies are not typically necessary.

Warm Your Feet:  Colorado is known for its beautiful mountains and winter snowfall.  Tile is a great choice for working with radiant heat flooring systems.  If you’re laying the tile yourself, you can easily install the radiant heat mats under the tile – just be sure to consult an electrician for proper wiring and ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe, warm feet this winter.

Do It Yourself:  Laying tile is a great do-it-yourself project for adding value and appeal to your home.  While this project does require some advance planning and use of special tools (tile saw), local home stores and online sites can provide you with all the information you need to successfully lay your own tile floor.

Cons:

Slippery When Wet:  While tile holds up to water, snow, mud, and other spills with ease, it does tend to get slippery when it is wet.  Using tile made from more textured materials, such as Travertine, can help avoid this issue in common spaces and entry areas.

Repairs and Maintenance:  While tile can be extremely durable, it is not infallible. Incorrect installation or abuse can result in cracked or chipped tiles and repairing a single tile can be a tough job.  Be sure to keep some extra tiles in the basement.  Additionally, grout can stain and erode away, especially if you have four-legged family members.  Sealing grout can provide some relief from the staining, but plan on occasionally re-grouting heavy traffic areas.  Also, consider using darker color grouts as they tend to show less dirt.

Installation Blues:  While tile is a common DIY project, it is a physically demanding one.  Laying tile will require you to spend a lot of time on your hands and knees spreading adhesive, laying and positioning potentially heavy tiles, then grouting the floor.  Additionally, it takes a little skill to properly cut and place tile.  Consider your physical condition, skill level, and the room you are tiling before starting the project.

Dollar and Cents:  Basic ceramic tile can be cheap.  However, if you want designer details, uncommon colors, larger tile pieces, and higher quality materials, the cost can quickly increase.  Travertine, stone, and specialty tiles and designs are significantly more expensive than simple ceramic tile.  Take good room measurements, consider all of the costs (saw rental, tile, grout, adhesive, trowels, etc) before beginning, and don’t forget to include extra tiles in your estimates.

Shhhh:  One of the biggest complaints homeowners have about tile is that it doesn’t absorb sound like carpeting.  Large tiled rooms tend to have an echo and even walking across them can sound loud.  If you choose to tile a room, especially a large one, consider adding rugs and fabric accessories to help absorb the sound.

Tile is very versatile, and can be a great flooring option for many Colorado Springs families.  It is durable, cleans well, and requires very little maintenance.  Since it comes at virtually all price points, there is a product that will fit your budget and style.  Just be sure to consider all of the pros and cons before deciding whether or not tile is right for your home.

Buying and selling your home can be an emotional experience, especially in today’s market.  Let us help ease your stress.  When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Pike’s Peak area, call the Roshek Group!  We are ready to help you with all of your real estate needs.


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