5 rea­sons to in­vest in this long-last­ing ma­te­rial.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR

Dis­cover five great rea­sons to in­vest in this beau­ti­ful for­ever ma­te­rial.

Tile is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of style and func­tion—a long-last­ing ma­te­rial that pro­vides a unique

state­ment piece in your home. Me­lanie Stephens of Granada Tile knows the ben­e­fits of this ma­te­rial. Here are five of her rea­sons to try it out.

1. It lasts for­ever. Or at least al­most for­ever. Whether you go with tra­di­tional porce­lain tiles or Granada’s spe­cialty, ce­ment tiles, you can rest as­sured that the ma­te­rial is sturdy and will prob­a­bly out­live you. “They last pretty close to for­ever,” Me­lanie says.

2. It’s easy to clean. Un­like car­pet, which ab­sorbs ev­ery­thing, tile is low main­te­nance. Have you ever thought of putting tile in those tricky car­pet ar­eas like your bed­room or un­der your din­ing room ta­ble? “Tile in the bed­room is ac­tu­ally a won­der­ful thing to have,” Me­lanie says. “Es­pe­cially if you have al­ler­gies or asthma, you’re bet­ter off with a sur­face you can keep re­ally clean.”

3. It bal­ances the tem­per­a­ture. Did you know that tile pro­vides a bal­anc­ing func­tion? “Tile ab­sorbs heat in the day and re­leases it at night, so it bal­ances the tem­per­a­ture,” Me­lanie says. “It’s nice in warm cli­mates be­cause it’s cool in the morn­ing. For colder cli­mates, some of our clients have put ra­di­ant heat un­der their ce­ment tile.”

4. It’s clas­sic. Un­like wall­pa­per, which you can rip down or cover over, tile is per­ma­nent. But that’s not a prob­lem be­cause tile pat­terns have been around for cen­turies. “It’s not some­thing some­one made up to­day; it’s some­thing you’ll see for­ever,” Me­lanie says. “The de­signs we have that are the most pop­u­lar are re­ally clas­sic de­signs; they’re not trendy.”

5. It’s unique. Not many peo­ple have show-stop­ping tile pat­terns in their home, and even fewer have ce­ment tile. “Ce­ment tile is very even, so you can lay it close with very lit­tle grout,” Me­lanie says. “You don’t see a tile-grout-ti­le­grout pat­tern when you look at it; you’re see­ing just the tile pat­tern.” As a re­sult, you can get a car­pet or wall­pa­per look with your tile.

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