2) decorative tile: beautiful and hardworking.
of course, not every room in the house that needs tile, needs artisan or art tiles. we get that!
(though we just did a great laundry room- where the mom said – “i spend all day in this room- i want it full of art!” ... that use of art tiles made our day!)
if you are doing a play room, bath, or a service entry, you typically need a strong surface that looks great (like the rest of the project) and fits your budget. for these projects, subway tiles, porcelain tiles and other utility tiles can be long lasting and affordable…and have a great look, too!
decorative tiles can offer durability, affordability and outstanding style. from prices starting as low as $5 per SF. but know that all tile is not created equal. the difference between a $1 per SF tile and a $5 per SF tile comes down to 3 things-
a) low quality tiles will appear to look the same prior to installation but after paying all the costs to install the tiles- it‘s a shame when those tiles need to be replaced in less than 3 years time due to premature wear and tear.
b) these same budget tiles can only hit those price points based on materials of less quality. poor quality materials = poor quality tiles.
c) generally speaking- you get what you pay for in style too! if a tile is very low cost- it’s inherent the quality won’t be great- but you can almost certainly count on a less than stellar style and color, as well. and the tricky part about that? it may not show up until after it’s installed.
so now you know why, when it comes to choosing decorative tile for your home, you get what you pay for…and if you shop right, a little more budget goes a very long way!
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