Angie's List: Tiles

Kitchens and bathrooms may be the popular rooms in your home to remodel. They can also be the most expensive. One remodeling option can keep those costs down. It's been a popular option that has stood the test of time.

We're talking about tile. It's durable and attractive and it seems to never go out of style. Tile remains a very popular choice for homeowners when it comes to their bathrooms and kitchens.

Angie Hicks, Angie's List, explains where most homeowners like having tile, "Homeowners really like tile for countertops, backsplashes, and flooring because it's versatile and durable."

Tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. There's a type of tile for just about any budget.

David Rhodes, Remodeling Contractor, describes some basic tile types and prices, "The most common, porcelain and ceramic tile, you'll see pricing range on the low end of 65 cents a square foot on up to $5-$6 per square foot for your porcelains and ceramics. Then when you get into the natural stone: the marble, the granite, the slate, you can get real pricey, up to $20-$30 per square foot.”

You might be tempted to install the tile yourself.

Angie explains why you should be careful installing tile, "Installing tile isn't for the inexperienced because you can have problems if it's not done properly. If the grout isn't dried all the way, if it's not sealed properly or if you have loose tiles it can lead to damage and problems with the actual tile."

Maybe you already have tile but area disappointed with the way its looks. Perhaps all it needs if a little TLC.

Angie explains an easy way to get a facelift for your tile, "If you are looking to freshen up your tile but don't have a big budget consider redoing the grout. Taking the grout out or changing the grout color can give your tile a whole new look while keeping within a fixed budget."

Or perhaps it just needs a good cleaning.

Rhodes gives some tips on how to clean the tiles, "You want to stay away from bleaches and ammonia-based products. Those will tend to make the tile fade or break down the grout, but then the most important thing is maintaining a tile, have it sealed. The sealer is really important to extend the longevity and the durability and the color and the sheens."

If you really want an updated look or your old tile is shot, you may want to go with something new. If you're hiring the work out, get at least three bids to ensure you are getting a fair price. The contractors should provide an on-site estimate so they can measure the space for the tile installation.

Don't forget to check whether the company offers a guarantee on materials and labor. The cost for adding tile is determined by square footage, material, layout, and design. There will typically be an additional cost if the contractor has to remove old tile and/or materials.

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