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wwxl Tile Floors August 10th, 2018 - 09:47:47
Why Tile Flooring Surpassed Linoleum in American Homes. When tile floor installation is completed. the finish and style alone are worth it. But tile is nearly indestructible. and surprisingly cost effective. Tile flooring is an investment. Homeowners have realized that linoleum is simply a cover up. that doesn`t hold its attractiveness for very long. It`s no wonder contractors are installing tile anywhere in homes. It`s classic in kitchens and baths; and now hearths. hallways. dining rooms. utility rooms and finished basements. Don`t forget patios. One reason for this versatility is that tiles come in so many different sizes and colors.
For tile to be successful. it needs rigid support. with very little tolerance for movement. The more rigid the substrate. the better chance the tile has of remaining crack free throughout its life. Most problems with tile floors over wood come from excessive `bounciness` of the substrate. Carpet can handle some bending. vinyl tile can flex and bend a bit. hardwood floors can bend a little too. but if tile or stone is subjected to forces that push in 2 different directions at once. it doesn`t know how to bend. Instead. it cracks. first in the grout and then in the body of the tile. Consumers who have just paid thousands of dollars for a tile floor do not find these cracks appealing. to say the least.
Glazed and Unglazed Tiles. Firstly. there are glazed and unglazed tiles; the glazed tiles can be cleaned very easily and do not stain as often as unglazed tiles. All you need to do is run a mop soaked in warm water with a mild detergent solution across them from time to time. The problem with glazed tiles is that they are very smooth and therefore can be quite slippery. This is dangerous. especially if the kitchen area is prone to water spillage or if there are young children in your home. To avoid this. you could choose unglazed tiles over glazed ones. Unglazed tiles will prevent the floor from being slippery and have an aesthetically pleasing textured surface. Then again. unglazed tiles will not be as durable as glazed ones - they will be relatively more prone to damage because they are not protected by that extra layer of glazing.
How thick is the subfloor and what is it made of? In new construction. ¾ inch plywood or Oriented Strand Board is a standard subfloor over joists that are 16 inches on center apart. We find that is almost never enough to meet the deflection standards in most homes. Other times there is old plank flooring beneath a layer of plywood. This is a wild card. since the engineering tables usually don`t include the value for planks in their calculation. but common sense says it does add some stiffness.