Some leather tiles are treated with wax and a water-resistant solution




Con: Hard on joints. Magnifies sound. Installation requires professional expertise, which can be costly.

Upkeep: Re-seal every two years. Clean with vinegar and water mix or a mild floor cleaner.

Surface protection: New concrete protection products include EZ Cover or Tuf-guard which provide impact protection and allow the concrete to cure.

8. Natural Stone: Key feature: Gorgeous.
Pro: Encompasses granite, marble, travertine, limestone, soapstone, and slate. Lasts for centuries. Great value and eco-friendly too. Stain-resistant. Expensive installation. Options include matte, shiny, and textured finishes.

Con: Tough on your joints. May need substantial subfloor. Marble absorbs dirt; slate and limestone collect it. Feels cool underfoot, which can make it an excellent choice in hot climates, but less so in cold weather.

Upkeep: Needs stain-resistant sealer. Avoid chlorine on marble.

Surface protection: Various surface protection products will work including floor protection films, textiles and paper based products such as Ram Board. Protects grout from stains as well.
9. Leather: Key feature: Luxurious look.

Pro: A home owner can install leather tiles; they go in just like linoleum. Smells wonderful, feels great, gains patina with age and wear. Great for sound insulation; doesn't conduct heat or cold.

Con: Don't install in a high foot traffic spot; they're best in extremely dry rooms such as bedrooms, dens, libraries, and even rec rooms with lots of sunlight. Expensive.

Upkeep: Some leather tiles are treated with wax and a water-resistant solution. However, any mistake is costly, so a professional may be ultimately cheaper.

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