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Tile flooring is one of the most versatile forms of floor covering with styles catering for every taste and a durable, easy-care surface suitable for every kind of lifestyle. It is not surprising, therefore, that it is one of the most popular choices of flooring and is used in a variety of domestic and even commercial situations.
Why is Tile so Popular?
For those wishing to install Hard Surface Flooring, tile offers one of the most durable options. It is especially suitable for high traffic areas, such as entrances and in kitchens and other high activity rooms. It is also one of the easiest to clean, especially where heavy soiling is involved so again, it is popular in doorways and other entrances where outdoor dirt and moisture is likely to enter the house. Similarly for kitchens and bathrooms, its stain-resistant, waterproof surface means easy care, Cleaning and Maintenance. Furthermore, tile is inherently attractive with a natural, hand-crafted look that suits a variety of decor themes and offers the possibility of limitless design patterns with differing combinations of size, texture and colour.
What to Look for When Selecting Tile Flooring
Most floor tiles come manufactured to standard sizes, from 4″x4″ up to 24″x 24″ and are usually 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick. Although usually square in shape, they can come in a variety of other shapes, such as octagonal and hexagonal.
People usually base their choices on personal preference of colour and style but it is important to take a few other things into consideration as well. For example, it is important to make sure that the tile is rated for the type of exposure and wear it will receive. This basically depends on where you plan to install it; bathrooms, for instance, will need a water-proof, non-slip surface whereas doorways and entrances require an extremely durable and hard, abrasion-resistant type of tile. Ideally, they should also be water-resistant and non-slip (especially in countries with frequent wet weather, such as the UK); this means treating the surface of the tile so that it becomes ‘rougher’ and therefore provides more traction or grip. Tiles that are intended for outdoor use need to be of a material for outdoor use only (and some tiles can be used for both outdoors and indoors).
Tiles are rated using a series of standardised tests which evaluate their relative hardness and durability under wear and tear. This is dependent partly on the firing process: usually the longer and hotter the firing, the harder the resulting tile. When tiles are ‘double-fired’ this means that they are baked a second time after colour or other decoration has been added following the first firing and such tiles are usually thicker.
The tests also measure the amount of water absorbed by the tile. This is termed the porosity and can be a very important value, especially when you are considering tiles for bathroom and kitchen floors. Tiles are usually categorised into Impervious (least absorbent), Vitreous, Semi-vitreous and Non-vitreous (most absorbent). In addition, porous tiles should be avoided outdoors in areas of extreme cold weather and the likelihood of freezing and thawing.
For many, carpet still represents the ultimate in luxury, style and comfort, despite its higher maintenance and lower durability. Modern design and technology means that there is now a carpet to suit almost every taste, budget and lifestyle and choice can sometimes be difficult!
To determine the Quality of a Carpet, you have to look at its density and pile. Density refers to the thickness of the pile yarn and how close the tufts are to each other. High density is preferred with ideally so many fibres grouped in each square inch that it is hard to insert a finger down to the mesh. In general, it is considered that the denser the pile, the better quality the carpet. Higher quality carpets also have better adhesive attaching the fibres to the mesh backing and a more superior foam padding between the carpet and the subfloor. High grade carpets also have greater longevity, wearing well and looking good for up to 15 years. In general, carpets start to look “tired” when the twisted fibres in the pile relax and fall out.
Carpet texture and subsequently, its style, is largely dependent on the type of pile that is used in its construction. If the piles are left in the traditional uncut loops, this gives a more casual look and is also more hard-wearing, making it ideal for active families with children and pets. The loops can be at a single height or multi-level which creates patterns in the carpet.
For a more tailored, formal look, choose cut pile carpets. Here the loops have been cut, leaving individual tufts of yarn. Cut pile carpets come in three textures:
- Plush or velvet is very dense and the most soft, smooth and luxurious
- Saxony is also smooth but with slight twisting to the yarns, giving a more textured look which makes the carpet more resilient to weight and traffic
- Frieze has a very curly, textured surface as its yarns have been twisted and heat set – this makes it highly durable and resilient as well as good for hiding soiling, although it looks the least formal.
Carpets can also be a mix of cut and loop styles, which gives good textured detailing, particularly for the creation of patterns and sculptured effects. Note that cut-pile carpets have a greater tendency to relax and thus look “tired” quicker, as well as a greater likelihood of the colour and brightness fading over time.
Carpet fibres come in two main groups: natural and synthetic. Natural fibre generally means wool, which is particularly suitable for carpet as it not only looks good but lasts well and is not flammable nor prone to static. Silk and jute is also sometimes used, mainly in high quality, hand-made rugs, and carpets can also be made from coir (a natural fibre from coconut husks) and flax.
Synthetic fibres cover a wide range including polyester, acrylic, polypropylene, nylon and viscose. They are generally more durable and much more stain- and soil- resistant than natural fibres – on the other hand, they are more flammable and more prone to static.
Acrylic is a popular synthetic substitute for wool as it gives the same look and feel but has greater resilience and is less pricey. It also has the advantage of being moisture- and mildew-resistant.
Polyester is used in a lot of luxury styles as it gives a luxurious, soft look, especially when used in thick, cut-pile styles. However, it has less resilience and is more prone to flattening from heavy traffic and furniture.
Nylon is incredibly popular as it is durable, colourfast, stain-resistant and resilient to soiling and matting. It is often blended with wool to improve the latter’s resilience. Polypropylene (also known as olefin) is often used for outdoor areas and recreational facilities as it is very resistant to wear and tear and also to permanent staining, as well as moisture and mildew, while still remaining colourfast.
Viscose is the budget choice, with much lower resilience but as it is made of a cheaper fibre, it provides an affordable option for those who would still like to have fitted carpets. Maintenance and Care
Most modern carpets, especially the synthetic versions, require little more on a regular basis than a good vacuum and quick attention to any Stains, Spills and Soiling that occur. Stains should generally be tackled by scraping or blotting off any excess solids or liquids and then rinsing with water and blotting with absorbent white paper. Detergent should be avoided as it can set into the carpet and make it more prone to staining and soiling in the future. Avoid hot water as well as heat will set any stains. Whatever the type of carpet, a thorough deep clean is recommended annually, either by professional carpet cleaners or using a hired DIY cleaning machine. Common methods for deep cleaning include steam cleaning and hot water extraction although ultimately, the method chosen depends on the type of carpet you have. It is best to check with manufacturers and follow their instructions.