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  • Hardwood
    Tile

    $.35 per yr/per sqft

    Ceramic tile costs less per year than all other floor finishes.
    Comparison Tile
    Hardwood

    $.42 per yr/per sqft

    Natural hardwood flooring costs more per year than ceramic tile.
    Comparison Hardwood
  • Carpet
    Tile

    $.35 per yr/per sqft

    Ceramic tile costs less per year than all other floor finishes.
    Comparison Tile
    Carpet

    $1.08 per yr/per sqft

    With an expected life of six years, carpet costs significantly more per year than ceramic tile.
    Comparison Carpet
  • Laminate
    Tile

    $.35 per yr/per sqft

    Ceramic tile costs less per year than all other floor finishes.
    Comparison Tile
    Laminate

    $.71 per yr/per sqft

    Not only does laminate cost more, its life span is half that of ceramic tile.
    Comparison Laminate
  • Vinyl
    Tile

    $.35 per yr/per sqft

    Ceramic tile costs less per year than all other floor finishes.
    Comparison Tile
    Vinyl

    $1.39 per yr/per sqft

    Ceramic tile costs four times less per year than sheet vinyl alternatives.
    Comparison Vinyl

Life Cycle Cost Analysis is a method of project evaluation in which all costs arising from owning, operating, maintaining and disposing of a project are considered important to the decision. So, the costs represent an appraisal of actual initial installation costs, custodial maintenance expenses, and removal costs for each material over the product life cycle. In all cases, the developed costs reflect high standards for installation and good maintenance practices.

If you came into this process with the perception that ceramic tile is expensive, then, you may be surprised to realize that it actually costs less per year than all other floor finishes over the life of a building. In fact, all tile is less than $0.40 per square foot per year. Carpet and vinyl are significantly more expensive due to their shorter expected life! 

With all it has going for it, choosing tile just plain makes sense. Now you know that it makes cents too!

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