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TILE DESIGN & INSTALLATION
The best possible surface covering for your kitchen or bathroom floor is tile. When properly installed over a sound substrate tile will last a life time and have the least amount of maintenance during that time period. Tile installation will often be more expensive to install than hardwood, laminate or other types of floor coverings but in the long run will save you money due its lasting durability and easy maintenance. High fired clay will not degrade over time like other wood or plastic based products and is impervious to spills and water damage.
Many people worry about a tile installations cracking over time. Whether it's porcelain or stone this should not be a problem as long as the substrate has been appropriately addressed and prepped before. A huge part of that preparation is an uncoupling membrane which has become the industry standard and should be implemented over any substrate to guarantee a lasting installation. Isolating the tile installation from the inevitable movements of the substrate is an important aspect of your tile installation if you want it to remain maintenance free for many years. Aside from the important uncoupling aspect of the membrane, it also provides reliable waterproofing to your substrate and increases load distribution allowing for heavier loads.
Grout is the next biggest concern. Will it discolor over time? Will it degrade? When or will I need to replace it? Well thanks to many new innovations with grout and mortar products there are many high quality grout products on the market that provide lasting and reliable results such as color retention and hardness.
When planning for the long term, make the best investment you can and invest in a tile application or your floor. Just make sure you get it installed correctly the first time!