Four Ways to Update Your Flooring

how to replace carpet with tileLooking for the perfect way to upgrade your home’s appearance? You may want to consider replacing carpet with tile! Installing tile flooring is an option that many people turn to when remodeling a room or the entire home. The variety of tile available today has given many homeowners an abundance of selections and styles to choose from. It’s also the most durable flooring option on the market. Pulling carpet and laying tiles will update the aesthetic of any room in the house, while also increasing the value of the home. Here are four considerations to choose from when determining how to replace carpet with tile.

Stone Tiles

Natural stone flooring has appealed to homeowners for centuries. It brings the warmth, feel and colors of nature into the home that’s not possible with any other flooring material. It’s durable and functional—strike-resistant, stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. That’s made stone a favorite in heavy traffic areas—mud rooms, halls, kitchens, and bathrooms. Extend the stone through the living room to create a natural flow onto a patio or into your garden outdoors.

Some of today’s most popular stone materials for tile are slate, travertine, granite, and marble. Slate tile is noted for its slip resistance, and for its many colors and patterns. It suits both a modern or rustic design, is stain resistant, durable, and handles water very well.

Travertine is a very decorative stone that comes in natural tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. However, it is a porous stone due to its limestone formation. It will soak up liquids and stain if not treated. Seal it prior to grouting and once again after installing, and it can be used anywhere throughout the house, interior or exterior.

When first seeing the colors and patterns of granite tile flooring you’ll be amazed by nature. As a flooring choice, granite is a hard rock material, highly durable, elegant, and heat and stain resistant. Ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways—granite is easy to maintain and can withstand heavy foot traffic and those sudden impacts of heavy objects that drop from time to time.

Marble is one of the most popular natural stone used as flooring. A soft stone, marble is noted for its elegance. It makes beautiful flooring material and adds refinement to any room. It can be cut to any shape and is found in a variety of beautiful colors with veins more or less visible depending on the quality of the marble (higher grade marble has fewer veins). From hallways to kitchens to entryways, by simply varying the color, finish and design, marble can be placed anywhere throughout the whole house.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles have been around for a long time for a good reason. With its many colors, patterns, forms and finishes, it’s not only an attractive, but also offers more than most other flooring. Like porcelain and quarry, ceramic is made with clay and has benefited greatly from today’s new manufacturing technology. Ceramic flooring mimics stones and hardwood that are barely distinguishable from the real thing. Marble-look floors have the same classic, chic, expensive look. Slate-look kitchen floors are natural and edgy and perfect for minimalist décor. Hardwood-look comes in a variety of choices and textures. Tough and durable, lay ceramic tile in any interior room or space.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile flooring has come a long way over the years, and its appeal is stronger than ever these days. More durable than ceramic as it’s treated at higher temperatures, porcelain can be used in interior and exterior spaces. It too has benefited from advances in technologies. Today’s porcelain tile choices can be found that mimic natural stones, and perhaps most popularly, wood.

Porcelain wood-look tile is not a new trend, but its popularity has grown in recent years. Porcelain wood tiles mimic just about every kind of real hardwood flooring style and can be found throughout the entire house. Classic oak-look is timeless and fits with near every style of architecture and interior design.

Looking for that antique appearance? Distressed wood-look porcelain tiles offer the warmth and feel of weathered wood. If dark woods are not to your liking, porcelain wood-look tiles also come in softer white-washed bleached look, a process called blanching. Blanching offers an ash-hued white-washed look that shows its natural wood grain underneath.

Quarry Tile

Despite its name, quarry tiles are not produced in a quarry but are a manufactured unglazed terra cotta tile. Made of clays, shale, and feldspar which give its familiar rustic hues of reds and browns, quarry tiles will add a natural look to any room or space in your home. High-quality quarry tiles are extruded to any shape. They very practical, slip resistance and are a good choice for rooms prone to spills or moisture. They are also low cost, durable tiles, that easily clean and perform well in interior or exterior spaces in any climate.

At Higgins, our customer service is second-to-none. Taking up old carpet and laying new tile flooring is a large undertaking that takes experience. As a one-stop shop, we sell, service, and install all our flooring. It’s what we do and we do it well. Contact Higgins Carpet One as the first step in choosing how to replace carpet with tile, or stop by our showroom to view our wide selection of tiles in person.