Should I tile my living room floor? 0
This is a question we have come across time and time again. From our experience we have found that people like the idea of having tiles on their living room floor but they worry about certain factors such as the coldness, the look or the feel.
Well here are 6 reasons why you should indeed tile that living room floor!
1. Tiles are the cleanest type of flooring you can have
In the UK traditional flooring over the years for bathrooms and kitchens has always been carpet. After this there was a period where lino was very popular as it was cleaner than carpet, but it still wasn't the ideal solution as it also had downfalls like its weakness. It wasn't very durable so it never really lasted too many years. Apart from this the plastic feel on our feet was never the nicest. Only in the last two decades or so did we move on to tiles and wood flooring for our kitchens and bathrooms and we haven't looked back since. The cleaning of tiles and wood flooring has always been much easier then carpet. If you have carpet all throughout your living room take a close look at it, there are bound to be small pieces of dirt and fluff even if it has been hoovered recently. It's the nature of carpet, there is no way around it. All tiled floors need is a sweep and a mop and they'll look as nice as the day they were laid (almost as nice)
2. Underfloor heating exists
This is probably the biggest worry customers have when contemplating buying ceramic, porcelain or marble tiles for their living room floor: "The coldness factor". Well the solution as the subtitle suggests has been on the market for several years now, and it works pretty well, it's called electrical underfloor heating. At Tile Ideas it's safe to say we have supplied hundreds of clients with tiles and underfloor heating for their living room or bedroom floor and 9 times out of 10 one of their questions has always been: "Will tiles be cold on my feet?". Out of all those clients not a single one of them has come back with cold feet and a sad look on their face.
3. The running costs of underfloor heating are low
4. Tiles do not stain
After some years of having carpets on your floor you will start to notice stains appearing. Whether it's red wine, tomato sauce or some other concoction stains have proven to be very hard to remove from carpets, it is the nature of the material and unfortunately it's just the way it is. Tiles on the other hand do not have this issue, most stains can be wiped or scrubbed off tiles even after they have dried. If basic washing up liquid won't do the job a tougher stain remover will almost definitely take care it. The same unfortunately cannot be said about carpets.
5. Tiles are durable and last longer
6. Tiles look great!
How to choose the right tiler? 0
You have decided to tile your kitchen, bathroom, hallway or conservatory, you have allocated the money, all you need now is the right tiler. This is an important choice because it's vital you don't mess up here with the wrong tiler. It could ruin your dreams of injecting that lovely new look into your home which you've been waiting years for. So before you book a tiler in there are some things you should consider.
Are they actually a tiler?
Make sure you’re looking for an expert who specialises in tiling, i.e. not a plumber or a kitchen fitter, as this is the best way to ensure a really good job is done. Is he a jack of all jobs and a master of none?
Does their price include everything?
Make sure their quotation includes everything you’ll need. Does it include all their materials? Does it include preparing the ‘site’ and removing existing tiles, if needed? Will they take all the rubbish away afterwards?
In the case of the tiler including the materials in the price you should make sure that you're not getting ripped off. Sometimes tilers can add in expenses which weren't actually used on your job to make a bit of extra cash. You just need to keep an eye out, or even better; supply the tiler with the material yourself.
Are they able to supply the tiles?
Although this may not be the main reason to choose a tiler, finding one who can source and supply your tiles at discounted rates for you is a definite plus! That way, they can also take delivery or collect them, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Are they recommended?
Nothing beats a word-of-mouth testimonial, so ask your friends and colleagues who’ve had tiling work done recently. If they were satisfied with the job, then they’ll be happy to recommend the people who did it. If you don’t know anyone who’s had tiling done recently, ask the company to see examples of their work, and testimonials/references they’ve received.
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