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Ceramic Tile is a perennial favorite. Impervious to water, it’s perfect for installation at the sink. Tile is also durable; it doesn’t scratch, burn, or stain. Together with its practical attributes, ceramic tile offers the greatest opportunity for adding color, pattern, and texture to your kitchen.
There are two kinds of tile finish: unglazed and glazed. Unglazed tiles are not sealed and always come in a matte look. They are not practical for use near water unless you apply a sealant. On the other hand, glazed tiles are coated with a material that makes them impervious to water – or spills and stains. This glaze on the tile can be matte or highly polished, depending on your taste. Regrouting is required periodically. White grout shows dirt easily, but a dark-color grout can make stains unnoticeable.
Tile that is well-maintained and regrouted when needed will last a lifetime.
Selected 2009 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:
Deck addition -- 80.6%
Major kitchen remodel -- 72.1%
Bathroom remodel -- 71.0%
New roof -- 60.5%
Family room addition -- 65.3%
Master suite addition -- 65.2%
Source: 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2010).