Choosing which flooring material to use can be tricky because once it’s laid down, it’s going to be a Herculean task to replace. Most people just look at the design and how it will complement the house, and although that’s an important aspect of choosing flooring, there are other considerations as well.
Here are some of the other things to think about when choosing flooring for your home in Jacksonville or elsewhere in Florida:
Size and Type
There are a few things all builders and homeowners need to think about before even looking at the designs. First, the size of the tiles; larger tiles are easier to install, while smaller ones often have patterns that are more intricate.
There are three main materials used for flooring: ceramic, stone, and wood. These materials are the top choices in flooring (and wall) because they’re all durable, and easy to clean and polish.
While each material has its own quirks and advantages, the focus here lies solely on ceramic tiles, mainly because many people know only so little about them. Ceramics are the product of mixing water, clay and minerals; all three are compressed and heated at high temperatures until they solidify. Ceramic makers can manipulate the material during this process to have them come out glazed or unglazed.
Glazed ceramic tiles have a liquid glass coating that helps the material resist stains, fires, and scratches. It also helps make the tile easier to clean, and gives it a subtle sheen as well. Unglazed tiles don’t have this coating, but have an even color all the way through to the bottom, making it a good choice for places with high foot traffic.
Ceramic tiles – both glazed and unglazed – are popular flooring material choices in Florida. Ceramic tiles in Florida need to be both visually appealing, because of the culture of the state, and durable, because of the expected amount of use. Ceramic tiles also have rates based on the amount of moisture they absorb, so make sure to choose tiles with minimal absorption for outdoor use.
It’s not a matter of life and death to choose the right flooring for your home, but it is a committed choice. You have to live with what you have for as long as it remains impractical to replace it, so take your time; it’s not as if your floors are going anywhere.