About Tile Flooring
Tile Flooring is available in an almost endless number of finishes, to include the following common “looks”:
Concrete / Fabric / Marble / Stone / Wood
Here are some examples:
Tile is a terrific choice for health, safety, sustainability and easy care.
Concerned about allergies and asthma? Tile is a great choice whether you’re remodeling or starting from scratch. Unlike other surfaces, tile is both hard and impervious, meaning it’s inhospitable to dust mites, bacteria, fungi, mold and other irritants.
Since tile is manufactured at temperatures that reach up to 2500 degrees F, it’s inherently inorganic, emitting zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs – emitted by virtually all other types of flooring – are harmful gases that can cause headaches, nausea, and nose, eye and throat irritation. VOC emissions are also a leading cause of “sick building syndrome.”
Since tiles are solid, they don’t contain the binders common to other surfaces – binders like formaldehyde, often found in products containing medium-density fiber board, plywood and particle board. Why is formaldehyde a problem? It is known to lead to an increased incidence of asthma, particularly in children and the elderly – to the point that it has been federally restricted under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.
Tile flooring is also free from PVC, a resin commonly used in other surfaces to improve mechanical flexibility and heat stability. PVC contains dangerous chemical additives including phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to your child’s health. These toxic additives can leach out or evaporate into the air over time, posing unnecessary dangers to children.
There are a variety of slip-resistant finishes and textures available for tile flooring. Whether in the shower or on the pool deck, tile offers a safe option that gives you peace of mind.
Tile is non-flammable, meaning it doesn’t produce smoke in a fire, reduces flame spread, and doesn’t burn and give off toxic fumes, which can occur with simple kitchen accidents. All of this can be especially meaningful in the event of a fire emergency, especially when considering the importance of maintaining clear exit pathways for yourself and your loved ones.
Tile’s inherent thermal mass reduces peak heating and cooling, which helps moderate temperature swings in your home. This means less work for your HVAC system and more energy savings for you.
Recycling & Reuse
Regional Raw Materials
The materials used to make tile are generally found within 500 miles of manufacturing facilities, dramatically reducing the energy and emissions that come from long-distance shipping, and this is just one reason Why Tile® is Green Square Certified and has the lowest carbon footprint of any flooring choice!