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What Are The Disadvantages Of Tile Flooring?

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

The flooring you select for your home does a lot to define your living space. While there are many different options, tile flooring is a popular choice that does not disappoint. That said, you should be aware of the disadvantages of tile flooring before making your purchase.

Can Be Cold 

Without an underfloor heating system installed, tile floors can feel cold underfoot during the colder seasons. However, adding area or runner rugs to highly trafficked areas puts a barrier and cushion between bare feet and the hard floor.

Can Be Slippery When Wet 

Tile flooring can become slippery when wet, which can be hazardous. Select tiles with a slip-resistant finish, especially if used in areas prone to moisture, including entrance foyers, utility or mudrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Requires Sealant

Flooring tile is a porous surface, so if left unsealed, it could absorb water, leading to staining. The most effective approach to avoiding this issue is to use a quality sealer on the tiles after installation and regularly maintain that sealant over time.


Tile flooring can add a significant amount of weight to your home. Solid grout and glue-down tiles add the most weight, while wall or mosaic tiles add minimal weight. Verify that your floor joists are up to the task of supporting tile floors if you are adding an extra story or converting attic space into living space.

Requires Seams

Tile is not a “floating” floor, which means you’ll need to make sure your subfloor is strong and supported enough to stay flat and even. For example, concrete subfloors must be completely level and dry before installing tile flooring.

Despite these disadvantages, there are many reasons why homeowners love this type of flooring material. Among these reasons include:

Modern Styling 

Tile flooring is an excellent choice for everyday styling, especially in homes with a sleek, minimalistic design. Whether you choose large format tiles or small mosaic tiles, tile has a clean and contemporary aesthetic.

Easy To Clean 

Tile floors are the easiest to clean out of all types of flooring materials because they can get swept or vacuumed easily with a broom or a hand-held vacuum.


Tile is available in many different styles, colors, and patterns that you can easily mix and match for flooring and accents, such as backsplashes, to create a look that fits your unique style.

Have More Questions About The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Tile Flooring?

The experts at Carpet Outlets of Texas can help. With many combined years decades of experience in the flooring industry, we’ll work with you to recommend the best tile flooring products for your home and budget. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like an estimate for flooring services at your Dallas-area home!

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