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What is the Best Kitchen Floor Tile?

The natural choice when choosing kitchen flooring is tiles. Tile is durable, water – resistant, hard and easy to clean. It makes your kitchen flooring ideas blossom when you look through the different styles, shapes and colours. It comes in 3 different types – porcelain, ceramic and stone and for these the prices obviously vary

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are similar as they are both made from clay mixtures that are fired at high temperatures. By doing this it produces a hard, durable tile. Both of these come either glazed or unglazed.

Porcelain –

This tile has sand added to the clay mixtures and is made with heat which produces a tile that is harder, denser and less porous than regular ceramic tiles. It suits a lot of kitchens as it’s a good choice for high traffic areas. It can also be used outdoor in any climate.

A glazed porcelain tile has a glass-like coating applied to it during firing which then produces a colour surface. An unglazed porcelain has colour added to the clay mixture so that the colour and pattern is carried all the way through the tile. Any wear or scratches won’t show on unglazed porcelain.

Porcelain can be difficult to install, and it does require special tools which will make installation a less DIY-friendly project.

Ceramic –

Sometimes ceramic tiles can be called “non-porcelain” to be able to tell the difference from porcelain. Its softer than porcelain and is glazed to create hardware surface in any colour you would like. Seeing as its softer it is easier to cut and install but it is more porous than porcelain and the glazing creates a surface that is impervious to kitchen spills and splashes.

Stone –

Most stone tiles are made from natural stone, which could be slate, granite, limestone, travertine and marble. Some stone tiles are porous and will need to be refinished with a stone sealer every two or three years.

Stone tiles can be polished or honed, but polished stone surfaces are slippery when they are wet so be careful! Honed stone tiles provide more traction but will give you a less vibrant look.

The Drawbacks –

Dropped glasses and dishes won’t survive and long hours of food prep might bring fatigue. Tile also reflects sound so having tile flooring can be a noisy environment. Area rugs and anti-fatigue mats are the best to fix this.

Tile also requires maintenance. Even though ceramic tile is durable the grout between tiles can get dingy with age so using a grout sealer on a regular basis is the best to keeping your floors new.

If you’re concerned about traction then look for tiles that are slip resistant, as tile surface can also be slippery when wet.

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