The most common types of tile are ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile.
Many investors groan when they hear the word “tile.” After all, the process of laying tile can be time-consuming, dusty, and expensive. However, this flooring comes with some big advantages (and there is a way to speed up installation as well). Investors choosing to tile a property have many options to choose from. Here, check out what real investors have to say about their tiling decisions.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
“LVT suits all classes of properties, and my guys can normally get a whole house done in one or two days. Also, you don’t have to worry about staining like you do with carpet, and it’s better for people with allergies. I use vinyl tile because it’s cheap, easy to replace, and super-easy to install.”
– Robert Draiss, SWFL Home Solutions LLC
LVT (example above) is engineered to replicate the look of real ceramic, slate, and stone tiles with a durable, affordable, luxury vinyl material. Some providers actually offer 24-hour turnaround on installation because the process is so simple.
- Low maintenance
- High durability
- May be textured for even more realistic look
- Lifecycle of 10+ years
- Higher upfront installation cost than carpet in some cases
Cost of Installation
National average: $1,478
Typical range: $754-$2,287 (HomeAdvisor.com)
Traditional Tile Flooring
“I have been in love with using tiles in my flooring designs forever because they make your floor so unique and beautiful. It’s nice that using unique tiles and patterns is “in” right now. Hopefully it will last!”
– Lorraine Beato, Property Envy Consulting
Tile flooring offers limitless design options thanks to the flexibility that comes with using individual tiles and grout for installation. The most common types of tile are ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile. Because tiles are often natural materials and emit no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that lower indoor air quality, in some cases, they may contribute to a building’s LEED points and credits in other green-building certification programs.
- Infinite design options
- Life cycle as long as 50 years
- Labor-intensive installation
- May not hold heat
- Weight considerations: Some types of tile may be too heavy for upper story installations.
Cost of Installation
National average: $1,757
Typical range: $866-$2,676 (HomeAdvisor.com)
Note: The national average cost to install more than 1,000 square feet of tile is $6,970. Often, tile is used only in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens, which can artificially depress the “national average” relative to materials like LVT, which is more commonly used throughout a property. (HomeAdvisor.com)
Did You Know Think Realty Members Get Wholesale Pricing on Tile?
Think Realty Supplier Sherwin-Williams offers Think Realty members wholesale pricing options on all types of flooring, including tile. Learn more at ThinkRealty.com/supplier-discounts by finding the Sherwin-Williams logo and clicking “activate.”