If you want to redo your floors with tile in Kansas City there are a few things you may want to consider. These may help to find the tile that works best for your lifestyle and compliments your home decor.
There are different kinds of tile to choose from. Some are easier to maintain than others. You may need a different kind in each room. One option is ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is easy to clean and is amongst the lower priced options of tile. Ceramic is resistant to stains, and is long lasting as well. One of the disadvantages of ceramic tile is the fact that if glassware is dropped on it, it will break.
A second option is porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is pretty like ceramic tile, but it is also scratch and heat resistant. It is available in many colors including patterns like wood planks and rocks.
Luxury vinyl, LVP, is another very popular choice. Vinyl tile is comfortable to walk on. LVP is easy to clean and stain resistant. It resists water as ceramic and porcelain tile does, but when something is dropped on vinyl, it may not break. This makes it a better choice for families with infants and toddlers as well as those with senior citizens and the disabled. It tends to look more natural and can withstand heat and water. Luxury vinyl tile is cost-efficient and easy to install.
Besides the type of tile, you will also want to consider the location the tile will be installed in your home in Kansas City. Tile is great for your kitchen, bathrooms, entryway, and some closets as the tile is water-resistant and durable. In many homes you enter, you will find tile selected for some of the floors, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
For your shower floor, you may need to go with a tile that has texture as it is less slippery than standard tile. The same is true for the kitchen area where the floors may get wet. In the entryway and any closet where you want to tile, the smoother surface may be a better choice because it does not have the grooves for dirt to get caught in. It is also easier to sweep, and mop than the textured option. In high traffic areas in your home in Kansas City, you may consider a durable porcelain tile as it doesn’t crack, chip, or scratch easily. Ceramic tile should only be used indoors.
After you choose the right texture and type for the areas to be tiled, it is time to select a color. By selecting the color of the tile, you can set the mood you want that room to create. If you want to add warmth and a sense of security and safety, you will need to use dark tile colors. This is especially true in the living area. In the kitchen, you may consider brown, navy or a burnt color.
For a feeling that the room is larger than it is, use colors that are lighter. Using colors like cream or pastel in a walkway or a small bathroom gives the sense of a larger area. Busy areas of the home do well with almost any color or pattern. If you need help with suggestions and color coordination, our professionals here at Big Bob’s Flooring can help.
Not only do floor tiles come in a variety of colors, but also a large variety of patterns. Some patterns look like stones or small wood planks. Marble colored tiles are great for specific areas. Keep in mind that as fun as the patterned tile is, it can make a room look busy. In smaller areas, like an entryway, it can add interest if you make it into a checkerboard style or another mixed color pattern.
The size of your tiles is another major decision for the project. Tile size has an impact on the overall mood of the room. If you use larger tiles in a small area, it makes the room look more elegant. Small tiles add a feeling of intimacy. It is important to remember that smaller tiles also have more grout lines which require more cleaning than larger tiles. You might consider a combination of sizes to add a different mood.
Regardless of what your choices are for tile in your home in Kansas City, if it looks good to you, you will be happy with it for some time to come. Here at Big Bob's, we want to help you with all your flooring needs and assist you in any way we can. Stop by one of our showrooms conveniently located in Liberty and Independence, MO or Overland Park, KS today!