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Green building should be both affordable and economically sustainable. A luxurious product, ceramic tile is a great investment that adds long-term value to any building. Tile can last a lifetime, requiring virtually zero maintenance, and costs less per square foot than other permanent and long-use flooring options.
Tile . . . The Lowest Lifecycle Cost

The Tile Council of North America commissioned an independent construction cost consulting firm, Scharf-Godfrey (a Division of Phoenix Engineering, Inc.), to conduct a Life Cycle Cost study comparing various types of ceramic tile, including porcelain, mosaic, and quarry tile, to 12 other floor finishes such as hardwood, laminate, concrete, stone, carpet, terrazzo, vinyl, and poured epoxy (for specifics, see chart).

The study showed that ceramic tile 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. For a complete in-depth copy of the study, click here.



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