Metal Flooring

Steel Tile Flooring (or walls too) You may not have thought of using metal flooring tiles for your floor. However, metal tiles have properties that make this an option for homeowners today. Once only used in commercial applications, metal flooring can be treated to simulate other more expensive materials such as brass and bronze.

Metal tiles can be made of stainless steel or any other type of metal material. One popular option is to use recyclable metal tiles as a means to save the environment.

Metal tiles can add a unique, customized look to any room. They come in a wide variety of colors, textures and finishes.

Flooring Fact


Metal flooring does not have to be the usual commercial variety - take a look at what's available for your own home, kitchens, bathrooms, studies, they can all look great!

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There is really no need to elaborate here. By its very nature, metal flooring is extremely durable. Properly cared for and installed, a metal floor will last for 20+ years.

Suitability

Metal tiles are most often used in basements, kitchens and bathrooms. It is water, allergen and bacteria resistant. It is very easy to maintain and keep clean.

Metal tiles are very hard and cold underfoot. They can also be very slippery when wet. In addition, it conducts heat, cold and sound. For these reasons, area rugs are often used in areas inside the home where metal tiles are installed.

Metal tiles come in a wide variety of finishes. You can use metal tiles as one complete floor, or mix and match tiles to make the floor more interesting.

Professional Installation

Installing metal flooring is really a job for the professionals so it is recommended that you do not attempt installation yourself. It goes without saying that metal tiles must be cut and fitted by a professional contractor. Additionally, depending on what kind of flooring you choose, the metal tiles may have to be specially treated in some way. Metal tiles do not require sealing.

Always get several estimates before choosing a contractor to install your metal tiles. This type of flooring can be very expensive and take a long time to install; however, you may find that the results are worth the effort. If you have a metal floor installed, it will probably be the last one you need!

Here are some questions you should ask when interviewing potential contractors:

1. How long will installation take

2. What gauge steel are you using

3. Is there a warranty on the work

4. How should I maintain the floor

Maintenance

Metal tiles are virtually non-maintenance. All you really need to do is sweep and clean with a damp mop regularly but still be aware that particles of grit can scratch a highly polished metal surface - just look at the average stainless steel sink.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Metal Floor Tile

Advantages
  • Very durable
  • Extremely versatile
  • Moisture, allergen and bacteria resistant
  • Virtualy maintenance free
  • Unique, customized look
Disadvantages
  • Hard and cold underfoot
  • Expensive
  • Requires professional installation
  • Conducts heat, cold and sound

For other tile floors take a look at:-
Mosaic Tiles;
Leather Floor Tiles;
Terracotta Tile Flooring;
Ceramic Floor Tiles;
Glass Tiles;
Porcelain Tiles ; and
Metal Tiles.