Tile Cost for Kitchens Bathrooms

Tile is not always the right choice

 

Tile s great looks and typical long-lasting , easy-to-maintain to install it in their homes. but tile is not a good choice for every application.  For instance , a dropped glass will break on a tile floor but it may bounce on a linoleum or cork floor.  Children and the elderly may slip and fall on tile floors , and pet claws may scratch up softer stone tiles. Some effects can be mitigated by the use of plastic mats on countertops, and area rugs on floors ,but usually , it is better to choose another material for your installation.

 

As well like to tel our clients , even Donald Trump has a budget.  When you go into a tile store , tell the salesperson how much you have to spend , so they can steer you toward the kinds of tile you can afford . Once you have picked your tile, make sure to check the price of the matching trim.  Field tiles can be very inexpensive , but thier associated trim (V-cap , surface bullnose) can cost far more . ( We once did a countertop with a moderately priced field tile that had matching end caps costing more than twenty dollars apiece!)

Is the tile you have picked in stock at the tile store , or does it have to be special ordered or custom made? It is prudent to order twenty percent more special-order tile than you will need , because of possible delays and the possibility that you reorder, the new tile may not match what you have. Once you have picked the field tile you like , check to see which trim pieces are available.  Standard ceramic and other popular tiles have wide range of available trim; yet , for many other kinds tile, there is little choice in trim or no trim at all. If you can not get the matching trim you desire , consider substituting other kinds of tile .  For example , instead of matching quarter-rounds or bullnose trim , substitute a rope liner (or similar decorative border tile) to finish the edge of a backsplash or wainscoting .

Even if you can get matching trim, the lengths of the most trim pieces do not math the dimensions of the field tiles, which really disturbs some people . Also check to see how consistently the trim matches the color, texture, and/or pattern the field tile.

 

How much tile to buy

 

Once you have decided on the kinds of tile to use for your installation, you will need to calculate how much to buy.  Field tile is ordered by the square foot , and trim pieces are ordered by the piece or linear feet .  For most basic tile , we recommend ordering 10 percent to 20 percent more tile than you actually need.  This compensates for breakage , miscut tiels, and future repairs , should tiles get damaged .

Tile for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Whether you re improving a bathroom vanity , refurbishing a kitchen counter, or installing a new floor , there are many things to consider beyond tile s physical attributes when choosing the right tile for your project.  Some of these practical issues are pretty obvious :Is the tile good looking , affordable , durable? Other factors are less apparent : Is the tile too slippery for the chosen location? Does the tile show dirt readily available ? Overlooking any of these concerns can , at best , make your tile project more frustrating .  At worst , you might end up with tile that doe not  match your needs and lifestyle.

 

Durability

Who wants to go to all the expense and trouble of installation tile that ends up looking worn and damaged in year or two? Try to match the durability characteristics of tile with the demands of the surface it s used on. For example , it s foolish to install tile with low wear resistance , like a standard ceramic or a soft stone like marble , In a  high use kitchen where heavy pots and pans are used often. In this situation , durable porcelain or hard granite tile is a much better choice .  But that does not mean that softer tiles are not good choice for other installations, including bathrooms floors, tub enclosures, and vanity tops.

 

Safety

As beautiful as tile , it is , it is not the safest choice for every application.  Avoid using tiles with a high-gloss glaze or high-polished surface on floors.  To prevent people from slipping in entryways , bathrooms , kitchens, and other areas likely to get wet, choose tile with a matte finish or a textured surface. Tiles are rated for their slip resistance, under both wet and dry conditions. If you are concerned about family members or guests (especially children and elderly) slipping and falling, be sure to check these ratings at your dealer before buying floor tiles .

 

Trade secret

if you are saving money by buying bargain close out or discontinued tile, make sure to buy enough not only for the job but also for any future tile expansion or repairs .  Do not get caught short!

 

Light colored tiles tend to show every bit of dirt or coffee drips.

 

Maintenance

If cleaning tile is not your idea of a good time , there are some tile and grout choices that you should avoid .  While it s generally durable , stone tile requires more upkeep than other kind of tile, including periodic resealing. On the plus side , the patterns and shade variations of natural and faux stone tiles tend to hide dirt and pet fur. Likewise, you will spend more time cleaning porous stain-prone tiles, such as marble and limestone, making them a bad choice for kitchen counters where food and liquids are spilled on a daily basis .

Color choice also affects how often tile needs cleaning. White ceramic and light marble tiles look terrific when they are new : but unless they are kept spotlessly clean, they will show every bit of grime .  Earth tone or medium gray tiles are much easier to live with and a much better candidate for high-use surfaces, like counter and floors .  Shiny, dark-colored tiles tend to show water spots , making them poor choice for a kitchen backsplash or shower enclosure.  Grout color has an impact on tile maintenance as well.  White grout used on tiled kitchen or bar countertops quickly show stains as readily, and help conceal dirt that accumulates in the wide grout joints of a tiled floor.