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The daily grind of high heels, enthusiastic dogs, and even wheeling out your laundry are among the difficulties your floor needs to endure. Porcelain tiles are famous for their practicality, they thrive because they are one of the hardest working floors to resist scratches and marks.
Learn why tiles are so scratch resistant.
Underfloor Heating Compatible
In the depths of winter, we desire flooring that keeps our toes warm, made possible through underfloor heating. While underfloor heating is readily available for most flooring choices, its effectiveness depends on the thermal conductivity of the flooring material. Good conductivity ensures the floor heats up quicker, gives off more heat and is more efficient to run. This makes tiles the best flooring to use with under tile heating. Beaumont Tiles’ strategic designer, Christie Wood, said Tiles have high thermal conductivity, meaning the heat transfers to the floor surface quickly. “It also retains heat well, not only making the system efficient but ensuring toasty toes even in rooms that have high heat loss,” Christie says.
Termite and Woodworm Proof
A survey by CSIRO suggests that one in three dwellings have termites within the property boundary and many of those homes are at risk, particularly those with termite food available such as untreated wood and wood products. A benefit of tiles is that they are immune to these highly destructive pests which the Australian Institute of Architects suggests attacked 130,000 Australian homes in a year, with estimates of $1.5 billion in damage.
Tiles require very little upkeep. With nearly 1 in 5 Australians losing family time to housework, the low, low demands of looking after tiles means more time doing the things you love.
With an average lifespan that far exceeds most other flooring options, and even often pushes the 100-year mark, tiles are one of the most durable materials you can choose for your home.
Find out why long-lasting tiles are a great investment.
Flooring takes the brunt of food and liquid spills, muddy footy boots and animal accidents, resulting in uninvited odours despite the best cleaning efforts. For some flooring choices, such as wood, high humidity and water can produce a musty smell, particularly when the room receives no ventilation or natural sunlight. Carpet, timber, concrete and vinyl flooring are all like a big sponge – they absorb odour like a sponge absorbs water, even when sealed. Non-porous or impervious flooring such as glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles do not absorb soils or moisture.
It is not just the wet areas of the home, such as bathrooms and kitchens that are likely to get liquid on them. Kids, pets and parties are among the spill inducing scenarios that can see the lounge room, dining room and bedroom floors become soaked – potentially having long term effect on the floor. Then there are always wet feet from a swim at the pool or beach, which are unavoidable during the summer months. Former Block-heads Simon and Shannon Vos, who, when not running their design and construction business, love getting out in the surf year-round. They say that while most flooring will absorb moisture, tiles are the ideal waterproof flooring. “The tile’s durable glaze on top of the surface does not let liquid seep through,” says Simon. “Tiles are virtually impenetrable and will not let liquids soak in, allowing for easy maintenance and worry-free cleaning,” says Shannon.
Many man-made products use Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs, which can over time produce vapours or gases. These vapours or gases can be of particular concern for households with babies, small children or anyone suffering from an illness. VOCs are known to present potential health risks, however this is dependent on the nature of the compound, level of exposure, length of exposure and the individual exposed to it. Beaumont Tiles’ strategic designer, Christie Wood, says: “While some flooring choices, like vinyl, include VOCs that have been connected to health problems such as respiratory problems, headaches and skin disease, the good news is they are not used in the production of tiles.”