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ggpk Tile Floors July 09th, 2018 - 18:14:58
Why Tile Flooring Surpassed Linoleum in American Homes. When tile floor installation is completed. the finish and style alone are worth it. But tile is nearly indestructible. and surprisingly cost effective. Tile flooring is an investment. Homeowners have realized that linoleum is simply a cover up. that doesn`t hold its attractiveness for very long. It`s no wonder contractors are installing tile anywhere in homes. It`s classic in kitchens and baths; and now hearths. hallways. dining rooms. utility rooms and finished basements. Don`t forget patios. One reason for this versatility is that tiles come in so many different sizes and colors.
For tile to be successful. it needs rigid support. with very little tolerance for movement. The more rigid the substrate. the better chance the tile has of remaining crack free throughout its life. Most problems with tile floors over wood come from excessive `bounciness` of the substrate. Carpet can handle some bending. vinyl tile can flex and bend a bit. hardwood floors can bend a little too. but if tile or stone is subjected to forces that push in 2 different directions at once. it doesn`t know how to bend. Instead. it cracks. first in the grout and then in the body of the tile. Consumers who have just paid thousands of dollars for a tile floor do not find these cracks appealing. to say the least.
There are formulas used in the industry to determine if the subfloor has excessive `deflection` [bounciness. lack of rigidity]. The most cited one is the Tile Council of North America standard for deflection. which is stated as L/360 as a minimum. before tile underlayment is installed. L/360 means that the floor should not bend under weight more than the length (expressed in inches) of the unsupported span divided by 360. For example. if the span between supports runs for 20 feet then the deflection should not be more than 2/3" between the center and the end. L=20 x 12" = 240". L/360 = 240"/360 or 2/3". So 2/3" is the maximum amount of movement the center of the span should be allowed to move.
One of the most traditional flooring ideas to go for is using terracotta tiles. You can get a handcrafted look for your floors with this kind of tile. You can use it in the regular square shape or get ones in octagon shapes. etc. Put a picture on your floors with mosaic tiles. You can make a pattern or lay them out randomly for a unique design. Lastly. you`ve got glass tiles. These can be used as tile flooring ideas to give a quality finished look to any room.