With the most recent advancements in flooring technology, luxury vinyl flooring has taken the North American market by storm. However, manufacturers have now raised the bar with their latest in vinyl flooring, engineered stone tile. Read on as our experts at Floor Coverings International uncover this great flooring option.
What is Engineered Stone Tile?
The first thing to keep in mind is that we’re not talking about what’s known as agglomerate stone tile, which is made from bits of crushed stone and epoxy. Rather, this innovation combines roughly 30% vinyl with 70% ceramic, creating a truly unique material that gives you the best of both vinyl and ceramic flooring. It’s stronger, more durable, and also more visually appealing than vinyl, but it’s softer and more forgiving than ceramic tile. This versatile material is also non-porous, which makes it highly resistant to water and moisture.
Where Can You Use It?
Thanks to its construction, you can use engineered stone tile just about anywhere. It’s durable and highly resistant to water, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and below-grade basements. The addition of vinyl makes it softer underfoot than traditional ceramic tile, yet it is still durable enough for the areas of your home with high amounts of traffic. Just about the only place you can’t install it is in showers and around fireplaces, where more conventional materials should be used.
Engineered stone tile is also great for homes with children and pets! Its softness and warmth provide comfort for kids, while it’s durability and water resistance make it great for dogs and cats.
One of the best things about engineered stone tile is its ability to imitate the look and feel of many different materials, including natural stones like granite, sandstone, and marble. The tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to play with different patterns and designs. They can even be installed with a non-porous grout that adds to your number of design possibilities.
Engineered stone tile is a breeze to maintain and requires a regular routine of sweeping and dust mopping to remove surface dust and debris. Use a sponge or microfiber mop with a mild cleaner to remove any marks or dried-on spills. Just be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and any hard cleaning attachments that could potentially damage your floors.
Engineered stone tile is just one of the latest materials to hit the flooring market, and if you think it’s right for your home, give your local Floor Coverings International a call to schedule a free, in-home design consultation. We provide great selection, expert knowledge, and professional installation of high-quality flooring materials for homeowners everywhere.
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