Tiles are a common flooring option that provide a high degree of aesthetic customization and durability to your home. However, like all flooring materials, tiles can become worn down over time due to use and age, which can ruin the appearance of your floor. Thankfully, there are a few signs that you can keep an eye out for to determine when it's time to replace your tile floor.
If you notice that your tiles squeak and make noise as you walk across them, they are probably reaching the end of their lifespan. These noises can be caused by the layer of glue underneath the tiles breaking apart or damage to the subfloor, both of which can cause the tiles to sit unevenly on your floor. If left alone long enough, this can result in an uneven floor and increase the chances of your tiles cracking.
Cracks and Stains
Probably the most obvious signs that you tiles are getting near replacement age are cracks and stains in the tile itself. While small, individual cracks are likely coincidence, widespread cracking across multiple tiles represents a different problem with your floor, usually extreme old age or a foundation problem. Stains that can't be removed from your tiles are not a symptom of an underlying problem, but do represent that your tiles have become extremely old.
If you can't find replacements for broken tiles within your home, it's a good idea to start considering changing your floor. Replacing individual tiles can be an inexpensive fix, but if your tiles have been discontinued and there is no close match, the aesthetic within your home will be significantly altered when replacing single broken tiles. Additionally, the fact that you cannot find replacement tiles that match or closely resemble your tiles probably means that your floor is getting up there in years, and should be replaced to give a fresh look to your home.
Grout becomes dirty over time due to general foot traffic. This isn't a cause for concern normally, as the grout can usually be easily cleaned with a professional grout cleaner or simple soapy water. However, if the grout around your tiles reaches a point where it can no longer be cleaned, it's a good idea to considering changing your tile floor. This can happen when there is a high degree of grease in your home, or over time as the grout simply ages.
To learn more, contact a tile installation company like Art Tile Co. Inc.