When the time comes to remodel your home, there’s an almost unlimited number of options available to you. It’s important to consider what you can afford, where you intend to upgrade and what materials are the best fit for your household.
Also keep in mind that every investment is going to have its own payout. You can put $5,000 into something and only see the value of your house go up by $5,000 or less. Or you can invest in an energy efficiency upgrade, like upgrading windows, but maybe you won’t save enough on your bills to cover the costs of the upgrade for decades, if ever. Finding a home improvement with a healthy ROI is always a better idea than spending a lot of money on an improvement that won’t save you money off your bills or drastically increase the value of your home.
Tile flooring can be a great upgrade. For many high-traffic or spill prone areas of the home tile can be more attractive, easier to keep clean and more durable and long-lasting than carpeting or other flooring options. Plus, choosing the right tile can go a long way toward revamping the whole look and feel of your home, and can have a dramatic effect on valuation.
Working with tile allows you to pick from a variety of sizes, styles and colors. Making the right choices can result in a large return for your comparatively small investment.
One of the benefits of tile is that is can be installed not just on your floors but as accents in bathroom fixtures or as kitchen backsplashes. If you don’t have the budget to install large tiles over several hundred square feet, it might be best to start somewhere smaller.
Glass or mosaic tiles add a unique, artistic touch and can be used to give bathrooms a livelier feel. Ceramic tiles are heavy, but can survive high-traffic areas while maintaining an elegant appearance. Even small changes with tile can result in stunning improvements.
Know Where and When to Upgrade
When remodeling with tile, or any other flooring type, it’s important to consider which areas of your home will be most cost-effective to upgrade. An annual study by Remodeling magazine found that the return on investment for “minor kitchen remodels” rose to 83.1% from the reported 79.3% last year.1 Bathroom remodels, on the other hand, dropped by 6.1%.
Both kitchens and bathrooms have a drastic effect on the perceived value of a home and can be easily upgraded by updating or replacing the tiling, but in today’s market one area is worth more than the other. It’s important to research and be aware of these trends when considering your next remodel.
Tiling any area of your home will make it that much easier to clean and maintain in the future. Ceramic, stone and mosaic tiles are all durable materials that will stand the test of time. Instead of paying to remove dirt and other particles from your carpet with expensive machines, tile can be restored simply with regular sweeping and mopping. Your initial investment would not only result in a significant return later down the road, but will also require less expensive upkeep than other flooring options.
If you’re in the Austin or Georgetown, TX area contact Floor King today for all your tiling and carpeting needs. We’ve been in the business for two decades and have been recognized for our outstanding service and commitment to the community. Stop by one of our three Greater Austin locations and see firsthand why we’re the best around!