In Portland, bathroom tile and flooring tile are present in nearly every last home. Carpet and hardwood flooring, the other two champions of residential flooring, have troubles with high-moisture areas such as bathroomsas if residents of the Pacific Northwest didn't already have enough moisture on their hands. Tile is relatively inexpensive to install and one of the longest lasting flooring materials on the market. While you might be able to save a few bucks by choosing linoleum, tile of any kind is generally more pleasing and, in the long run, even more cost-effective. In fact, many homeowners seek out bathroom tile specifically to replace their old, tattered linoleum.
Choosing Bathroom Tile in Portland
Tile Material: Stone and ceramic/porcelain reign supreme for Portland bathroom tile. Both are exemplary for tile. Ceramic should be a little more durable, but stone will allow for a tighter setting, reducing the area and maintenance of the grout. Recycled glass, rubber tile, and concrete stamping are all great alternatives to these popular tiling materials.
Tile Size: Small tiles are cheaper, but also generally less desired. Larger tiles will make a small bathroom look more spacious, but your tile will need to be at least three wide in every direction. These factors generally lead to a middling tile size, but you should ask a professional about the relative pros and cons for different tile sizes in your particular bathroom.
Tile Design: The general design of your tile installation begins with such obvious choices as color and texture, but may also include unusual tile shapes and border tile that will create bold lines and visual appeal. You may not want to stray too far out of the box, but bathroom tile is a great opportunity to add distinctiveness to your home.
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Portland Flooring Tile Installation
Although many homeowners don't even consider laying their tile, those who know (at least academically) how it's done do contemplate tackling the job themselves. As it is with fence installation, drywall repair, and so many home improvements, laying tile can be done by the plucky do-it-yourselfer, but there are several legitimate reasons we recommend against it. First, although the basics of tile installation aren't difficult to grasp, it requires an uncommon degree of precision. Even a single tile that is laid a few degrees askew can be both a major eyesore and reduce the structural quality of the tile. Plus, it's tedious and time-consuming. By the time you're a quarter of the way done, many of the even most tenacious homeowners will regret the decision. These factors also help explain why you'll see such a wide range of estimates from various contractors.
Cost of Flooring and Bathroom Tile in Portland
The vast majority of flooring and bathroom tile installation in Portland lands in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, although we've recently seen one project hit $4,000. Overall, for uncommonly small and large tiling projects, you might spend anywhere from $300 to $13,000. Of course, the keys are usually to stay within budget and get the most bang for your buck. This requires a fair amount of research and legwork, and this is where ServiceMagic can help you out. Our contractors are put through a rigorous 10-step screening process, we provide you with online customer ratings and reviews, and upon submitting a request, you'll immediately be contacted by the best tile contractors in Portland. This creates a great combination of breeding competition while weeding out the less reliable professionals.