One of the most important decisions that you'll need to make in a home remodeling project is your choice of flooring, and the number of available options can be quite overwhelming.
However, if there is one type of flooring material that we're seeing a lot of Central Florida custom homes, it's tile. While we've historically seen tile as the top flooring choice for bathrooms and kitchens, today's homeowners are now using tile throughout the home based on its durability and resistance to moisture.
Why the Type of Tile You Choose Matters
The type of tile that you choose matters because it can vary greatly in price, maintenance, and installation. For example, one of the more affordable tile options is porcelain tile, which will typically cost anywhere from $1 to $5 per square foot and is fairly straightforward to install. Natural stone, on the other hand, could cost you anywhere from $8 to $15 per square foot and really should be installed by a professional.
How to Determine What Size Tile is Right for Your Home
Are you concerned about grout lines on your flooring? One of the hottest trends today in regards to tile flooring is going for larger tile as you will have fewer grout lines. Plus, many homeowners feel that the larger tile also creates the illusion of a larger space. A popular large tile choice that we see is 12-by-24 inch tile.
Factors to Consider for the Tile Installation Process
If your next home remodeling project will consist of tile installation, you'll want to be sure to talk to your building contractor for a detailed scope of work for the installation process. A quality tile installation could include demolition of the existing floor surface, preparation of the floor substrate, and the actual tile installation. Talk to the building contractor about the products that are being used in your installation, such as the membranes, movement joints, and type of grout.
If demolition is required to remove your existing floor surface (which it often is), the rest of your home could easily become messy during this remodeling project. For this reason, you'll want to talk to your building contractor about covering door entries with plastic to prevent dust from spreading to the rest of your home. Trust us, this will help the home remodeling process go much more smoothly, especially if you're planning to stay in your home during the renovation.
Tile is certainly not going anywhere any time soon. To learn more about the tile trends that we're seeing in the custom home building industry today and additional factors that you should consider, please contact us at Empire Custom Builders.