Friday, December 9, 2011

The Case for Natural Tile Flooring

We recently came across this great video on YouTube regarding the difference between vinyl flooring and natural tile flooring. The host, Donnie, makes many good points about natural tile flooring - it can be cold, it can be uncomfortable to walk on, and it's harder to replace if stained or chipped. However, we feel like Donnie leaves out many important features of natural tile flooring in this video. They are:

Natural tile flooring looks more ... natural.
That isn't to say that vinyl or laminate flooring is unattractive. Quite the opposite. We carry many varieties of laminate flooring and are proud to offer them. And while laminate and vinyl are great, affordable alternatives to natural stone, it's pretty obvious they aren't the real deal. Natural stone has a look and feel that is hard to imitate, and even the most state-of-the-art material can't compare.

Natural tile flooring lasts longer.
Natural tile is one of the longest-lasting flooring materials you can use. Tile and stone has traditionally been used for outdoor building projects because of its durability and ability to stand up to the elements. Today, designers and builders have realized the potential of natural stone and tile as a long-lasting flooring material inside the home as well.

Natural tile flooring is fancier.
Again, vinyl or laminate flooring is a great alternative to natural tile or stone, but let's face it - it isn't as upscale. Natural glass, tile, or stone flooring is a very classy choice for a bathroom, kitchen, foyer, or any other part of your home. As mentioned above, the beauty of a natural flooring material is hard to match, and as much as vinyl or laminate flooring tries, neither really come close to natural tile in terms of pure class.

Visit one of our three Portland-area locations to learn more about natural tile flooring, or give us a call at 503-222-9663.

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