There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when you’re deciding on the type of flooring for your home. One of those factors should be the climate you live in. Here in Austin, the two words we most associate with our climate are “hot” and “humid.” However, we also experience periods of heavy rain sometimes for a week or so at a time during the cooler months. So, while we do have a mostly warmer climate, there are still temperature fluctuations to consider. Tile flooring ticks a lot of the “need” boxes for many homeowners. Let’s talk about some of the reasons you might want to consider going all tile when it’s time for new floors.
Tile Flooring is Resistant to Moisture
Living in a warm, humid climate means moisture collecting anywhere is always a reasonable concern. Water damage is no fun – it can cause many types of flooring to warp and break. Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly susceptible to consistent moisture, which can mean mold if surfaces are not drying thoroughly. Ceramic and porcelain tiles especially have a dense enough composition that they won’t absorb water. Natural stone is more porous, but is still great for the Austin climate when properly installed and maintained.
Tile Flooring is a Durable Investment
Tile has the durability to stand up to Austin’s sometimes harsh environment. Our intense sun exposure is a factor most of the time. Occasionally though we get some pretty significant temperature shifts. Tile flooring can handle both and still resist cracking, fading, and even thermal expansion. When property installed an maintained your tile floor will look great and perform well for many years to come.
Tile Flooring Maintenance is Easy, Peasy
As low maintenance flooring goes, tile is one of the champs. When you live a busy life with kids, or dogs, or both along with outdoor activities and precious little down time anything that makes your cleaning routine easier is a plus, are we right? No matter what kind of spill or accident it can be easily wiped away, and if there’s a stain left behind it’s usually easy to remove as well. Regularly sweeping or vacuuming and mopping once a week or so is enough to keep your tile floors looking great.
Cold Tile, Meet Hot Summer
When it’s hot in Austin it is HOT. Ever notice how the dog prefers a summer napping spot on a bathroom floor or a tiled entry? Tile’s comparatively high thermal conductivity means it has the ability to quickly dissipate heat. This natural cooling effect feels nice to walk on, but more importantly it can actually help you keep your entire home cooler. It can even help you save a bit of electricity, and there’s nothing bad about that.
So Many Choices
These days there’s just not much tile can’t do! No matter what aesthetic you want to achieve there is tile that’s on the same page with you. Natural stone will give you a luxe look, and organic feel underfoot. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a classic look, now with more options for colors, shapes, and patterns. If you want something bold and bright we can help you find the right tile to make that vision real. Tile provides an opportunity to personalize your space and turn your flooring into a unique feature in your home.
Tile Flooring is Easy on the Allergies
We know, allergies in Austin are a touchy subject! We almost hate to even bring it up, but it’s worth mentioning anything that will help when cedar season rolls around. Since allergens can’t penetrate any part of a tile floor’s surface it is one of the best options to keep your home as hypo-allergenic as possible. Setting a robot vacuum to run once a day will eliminate almost all traces of any pollen or dust that’s accumulated on your floor. Coming home to a healthy environment helps keep the worst of the allergy days at bay.