As the popularity of bathroom renovations continues to grow, more homeowners are considering installing tile. If you’re one of them, you probably enjoy the upscale look of tile, but maybe you aren’t sure it’s worth the investment of your time and money.
Tile has many positives and several drawbacks that should be considered before jumping into the project. Here is what you need to know to make the best decision for your space:
Customized designs: Your creativity knows no limits with tile. From unique shapes to virtually endless color options, you can create the exact design you desire.
Resale value: Bathrooms are a top selling point in homes, and a nicely tiled space can provide a higher return on investment than alternatives.
Cleanliness: Tile is a good choice for a bathroom’s humid environment. It is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance.
Eco-friendly: If you’re interested in greening your home, many tiles are made from recycled materials such as glass.
Heat: Tile allows for the installation of in-floor heating, which is a popular home upgrade.
Timeless appeal: Tile is a classic design element that has stood the test of time; in natural tones it will be in style for many years to come.
Expense: Tile is typically more expensive, although affordable entry-level tile options do exist.
Time: It takes longer to install tile than it takes to paint walls and install a pre-fabricated shower surround. Materials need to cure and the installation process can require days to complete.
Contractor: Not everyone is comfortable with tile installation and it may be necessary to hire a contractor. This expert will typically complete a project in less time than the average DIYer, but it will be at a higher cost.
Cracking: Tile can crack as a home settles over the years or when something heavy is dropped on it. Grout can deteriorate and crack as well.
Cold: In colder climates, a tile floor that’s installed without a radiant heating system can be chilly.
Noise: Tile does not insulate or absorb any of the sounds in the bathroom, so the space will be louder.