If money is not an issue and you just want the best of the best, what are the most aspirational, appealing, top-quality, luxurious tile options available? If you are looking for answers, you have come to the right place. The following high-quality, over the top expensive tiling options are not for everyone.
Quality flooring comes at a price. You inescapably get what you pay for when it comes to luxury interior design, more specifically interior flooring or tiling. Affordable tiles can get the job done, but they are not as good as the premium options.
Let’s take a peek at the products that design trendsetters crave from marble floors to luxury vinyl flooring. If you notice something you like, why not get a free estimate for your installation process.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
The days of vinyl tiles being some dirty tile options are far behind. Times are surely changing, and Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT) is now a notable player in the flooring industry. It is defying laminate flooring as the imitation wood or stone flooring of choice.
There are several reputable Luxury Vinyl Tile brands. Adura and Resilient are some of the highly realistic products that should set you back between $4 and $5 per square foot.
So why should you choose Luxury Vinyl Tile? Well, for numerous reasons, and the first one being if wood or natural stone is the look you desire, then LVT is still a good deal cheaper than the real thing in terms of quality of product and cost of installation.
Secondly, LVT is softer and more glowing on the feet than tiles, as well as being calmer and more slip-resistant. To put it merely, luxury vinyl plank or tile flooring works well in individual households.
Extravagant Hardwood Flooring
There’s nothing like a rarity to drive up the price of just about anything. So if you want the most scarce and most exotic flooring in your neighborhood, why not look abroad for extravagant hardwood.
Wood imported from South America, and Africa already has the price of transportation to be factored in. Then adjust to that the limited stock of some species of hardwood, despite sustainable forestry initiatives.
Soon, you will come up with a few types of quality hardwood floors that will take you anywhere from $15 to $22 per square foot. And that’s before installation costs, which should add $3 to $4 per sq/ft on to your bill.
There are reliable hardwood suppliers who practice efficient, sustainable lumber production. You should look for corporations or brands aligned with organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Sustainable forestry ensures added costs to wood production, hence the higher prices, so if you stumble across extravagant hardwood flooring for much less than $12 per sq/ft, then why shouldn’t you question the source of the wood? You most definitely should and have the right to.
Natural Stone Tiling
No doubt, when all of us think of the most opulent and luxuriant flooring, we think of natural stone. Would a palace be a palace without beautiful stone flooring? No. Sure enough, one of the most costly flooring materials is certainly stone, for reasons that should be amply clear.
Quarrying for stone is highly expensive, and it becomes more costly if the quarrying needs to take place below the ground. The more robust and compactor the stone, the more expensive it is to quarry. The more striking the color or patterning the stone, the more singular it often is, and so the high price.
Moreover, stones are heavy and produced from quarries across the world, creating high transportation costs. Once the stone ultimately reaches your door, you will have to estimate your budget for installation. It’s the most man-hour intensive installation of all flooring types.
Marble is reasonably one of the most aspirational stone floor materials. While you can spend as little as $3 per square foot for some marble floor tiles, the most eminent quality marble will cost you as much as $15 to $20 per sq/ft.
Then add on installation costs by highly qualified stone tile installers. You could be looking at a combined $6 to $10 per sq/ft, meaning that your terminal dream marble floor could cost a phenomenal $30 per sq/ft!
Distressed Hardwood Flooring
A swift look at the most popular hardwood trends will reveal that hand-scraped planks have been a real bestseller recently, matching the retro pattern for old vintage style wood flooring.
Yet, while more “hand-scraped” wood planks pick from than you can wave a stick at, the actuality is that nearly all of them should more accurately be defined as “hand-scraped effect” wooden floors.
Current production methods mean that a large chunk of the so-called hand-scraped planks has been nowhere near a craftsman’s hands. That’s not to say that automated machine scraped planks are cheap or bad, not at all.
You can find your nearest dealer through various websites, but I have seen prices ranging between $12.50 and $14 per sq/ft for 3 inch wide planks and within $16 and $19 for 5-inch wide-width planks. And don’t forget to add installation costs, duh!
Designer Mosaic Ceramic Tile
Nothing says style and elegance like mosaic floor tiles, and the look of your floor will only be restricted by your imagination.
Handmade tiles, antique reclaimed tiles, designer Italian tiles, glass tiles, pebble mosaics, and even a custom-designed floor mosaic are all choices. The possibilities go on and on, and when it comes to price, one the sky’s the limit.
Excellent quality mosaic or ceramic floor tiles will cost anywhere between $5 and $10 per sq/ft, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are looking for high-end designer tiles of real quality and uniqueness, it’s not tough to find plenty of options in the range of $30 per sq/ft and above.
Again – you have guessed it right – you have to count the cost of installation. For installation’s sake, you’re looking at another $5 per sq/ft for standard tiles and more.