The Pros and Cons of Granite Tiles
Granite tiles are natural stone tiles made from granite rocks, which is one of the hardest materials on earth. They come in unique colors and design options. Granite tiles are fast becoming a favorite in many homes and offices because of its classic appeal, versatility and durability. Granite tile is great for kitchen worktops and as floor and wall tiles. But like every flooring type, there are two sides to granite tiles.
Charming: Granite tiles have a cool sense of charm that’s appealing and sophisticated, depending on the colors, textures and designs you pick. Some of the options include flamed, polished, brushed, honed and antique granite tiles. They reflect light and this gives them the ability to transform a room and make it attractive once installed.
Versatility: Granite tiles which come in various colors and designs can be used anywhere in the house. From the living room to the hallway, kitchen and even the toilet, there is a great selection of tiles to suit your style and taste.
Durability: Because of the raw material granite tile is made from, they are one of the most durable flooring available and they are designed to stand the test of time, use and even withstand harsh conditions. Granite tile is heat and damage resistant and can pretty much last forever.
Outdoor Use: Granite tiles are not limited to interior flooring as they can be used for exterior flooring and decorative purposes because it is exceptionally strong and can withstand physical stress and pressure. Exterior uses include paving, curbing and cladding.
Maintenance: Granite tiles are easy to maintain because of their durability and high level resistance to stains, spills and damages. Once the tiles are periodically sealed, they can be maintained by sweeping and using a damp mop on it at regular intervals
Installation: Granite tile is more complex, difficult and expensive to install in comparison to other flooring types. Before granite tiles can be installed, the floor must be perfectly level and be able to bear the heavy weight of granite. The nature of the tile makes it difficult to cut, yet it can break if the flooring is uneven. A DIY installation is not advisable.
Cold: The thickness and density of granite tiles do not permit it to conduct heat well. This is why granite floors are cold to the touch. This can limit the versatility in the home as granite flooring might have to be restricted only to places that need to be kept cool. An underfloor heating system can be installed to reduce the coldness of granite tiles and make them more homey but this is an expensive option.
Slippery: The smoothness of polished granite tile that makes it attractive also makes slippery to the touch especially when wet as a result of water or other fluids. This makes it accident-prone and rules out having it where very young and elderly persons are involved.
Maintenance: Granite tile needs to be resealed regularly, especially softer granite tiles, to be in top shape and protected. Sweeping and mopping regularly can also be time-consuming especially where large spaces are involved.
Granite tile can add beauty and elegance to your home but you will want to weigh the pros and cons before deciding if it is the right flooring choice for you.
About Chem-Dry of Fair Oaks/Folsom
Chem-Dry of Fair Oaks/Folsom provides professional tile cleaning to remove dirt, germs and bacteria from granite, porcelain, ceramic, and other stone surfaces.