We typically install flooring in our bathrooms that is best suited for wet areas, like ceramic tile, natural stone, or resilient (linoleum or vinyl) flooring. While these types of materials are durable and hold up better against water than a wood floor might, they are still susceptible to moisture damage. Performing routine, preventative, and material specific maintenance will keep your bathroom floor looking new for years to come.
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Tile floors are an extremely durable, long-term investment that should be regularly cared for to preserve both their appearance and value. In fact, a well cared for tile floor can last a lifetime. According to the Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, which was prepared in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average life expectancy of a ceramic tile floor is 75 to 100 years, while natural stone such as marble and granite can last more than 100 years.
Flooring restoration can be done in many different ways, depending on the type of floor, the type of damage the floor has sustained, the amount of damage the floor has sustained, and the condition to which the floor needs to be brought back.
In both residential and commercial situations, flooring tends to be ignored until something goes wrong. There are many reasons for restoration or repair. Floors could suffer from simple problems such as age, wear from traffic patterns, scratches, or cracks, to name a just a few, or they may suffer from more complex issues. Problems stemming from structural or water damage, for example, will require research into the underlying problems, so that those can be found and corrected before restoration is undertaken.
Around the world, plaster has been a mainstay of construction for thousands of years. Problems with old plaster vary according to a building's historical time period and the type of construction. With some basic tools, and by incorporating common materials along with today's technology, plaster restoration solutions present themselves.