For most people, carpet is the flooring of choice to complement the style and decor of each room in their homes. You can buy carpets in a wide range of styles, colors, and thickness levels.
Today I’m going to suggest you do something a little different with your home! Instead of buying carpets when you’re redecorating, fit some cement tiles instead! OK, this might sound like a wacky idea to you. But cement tiles work well in any home, regardless of how you have styled the interior!
Of course, you might have a few questions about the use of cement tiles in your home. So that you can make an informed decision over such a bold move, here are the pros AND cons to fitting cement tiles in your home.
Pro: cement tiles are tough
One key point I need to raise about carpets is that they will become worn and useless after a few years. After all, they’re made with wool amongst other things! You’ll notice that carpets in high-traffic areas like staircases and hallways wear out fast.
In comparison, cement tiles are tougher and longer-lasting! As you may have guessed, cement tiles are all made from cement! As long as cement tiles are “sealed” just after fitting, they will last decades. In fact, some will last for centuries!
Con: cement tiles aren’t soft to walk on
An obvious downside to cement tiles is that they are just like walking on other tiles. They aren’t soft in the slightest! If you prefer to walk on something with a bit of bounce, cement tiles aren’t the right choice for your home.
That is the trade-off between comfort and durability with cement tiles. And unless someone invents a “bouncy” cement tile, it will always be this way I’m afraid.
Pro: there is plenty of choice with cement tiles
If you don’t have much experience of cement tiles, you might think they only come in a couple of colors. But here’s the thing: you can buy cement tiles in hundreds of different colors and styles!
Examples include mosaics, bright colors, and dark colors. In fact, if I were to list all the different patterns and color options available, you’d have to spend a few hours reading this blog post! Just trust me when I say you won’t have a problem finding suitable cement tiles for your home.
Con: moisture can spell disaster for unsealed cement tiles
Whenever you fit any tiles to your floor, especially cement ones, you must make sure they get sealed from both ends. Sealing cement tiles prevents moisture from seeping through the cement.
If that happens, you will start to have problems with mold and mildew. And if the temperature goes below freezing, the moisture can cause the cement tiles to crack. That can be a disaster, especially if you fitted some rare or imported cement tiles in your home!
The good news is that sealing is a pretty simple process. It’s no different to painting a while, except your “paint” is a transparent solution that needs to dry.