The home renovation industry is ever-booming. You can’t predict what the next product will be. Thousands of people spend a huge amount of money on home improvement projects. Kitchen renovations top the list of home improvement projects. Not only are the countertops important, but so are the entryways and the tiles that make up the floor.
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about different kitchen floor tiles.
Different Types of Kitchen Tiles
As a general rule, tile flooring should be hard, durable, water- and stain-resistant. Plus, it should evoke comfort, or style or whatever you prioritize so your kitchen will bloom the way you want it to. There are five categories of kitchen floors: porcelain, wood, ceramic, granite, and stone; options vary with personal taste and budget. The price range for each type of kitchen flooring is $2 to $100 per square foot.
This type of tile has sand added to the clay mixture and is finished using heat and pressure. These are harder, denser, and less porous than many ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are great for large kitchen spaces that experience a lot of traffic. They’re further divided into two types:
Glazed porcelain tile is akin to the glass-like coating used produce a colored surface.
Unglazed porcelain tiles already have color added to the clay mixture, so the colored surface is carried through the tile. Any wear or harsh water stains won’t show on unglazed porcelain.
Wood is a traditional material used in kitchens and bathrooms, even today. But natural wood is high maintenance. Also, removing stains from a wooden floor is hard work. You could go with laminate, but it may not match your existing hardwood tiles. There’s another one called the “wood-look.” This is produced from porcelain and resembles real wood. Perhaps you can check that out.
Unlike wood-look tiles, ceramic tiles are non-porcelain. Ceramic tiles are glazed to create a surface in virtually any color. The glazing makes the surface impervious to kitchen spills and splashes. Because ceramic is softer, its tiles can be cut and installed easily. But these are more porous than porcelain tiles.
Speaking of granite tiles for a kitchen, these are water-resistant since they don’t contain porous material. Granite tiles are unique, modern, and look fabulous. These are pretty easy to maintain, as well, and have a shiny surface. Their hard surface is great for a high traffic area. They are both practical and convenient flooring. They are the also the best combination of comfort, warmth, and timeless beauty. If you opt for granite tiles, here’s a tip for maintaining them: wipe over them with a clean damp cloth, and rub off stains using warm, soapy water.
Stone floor tiles consist of natural stones, including granite, slate, limestone, travertine, marble, etc. Most stone tiles are porous, and may need quality stone sealers applied every two to three years to maintain their look. A polished stone such as marble can be slippery but is shiny and looks great. Comparatively speaking, honed stones have a rougher texture. Note that stone tile flooring is more costly than porcelain and ceramic tile flooring.
Here we end our list for the best kitchen tiles. Make sure you figure out which type of flooring best suits your needs, before going ahead with a kitchen renovation project. Check out ideas at FGY Stone & Cabinet. If you face any difficulty in choosing the tile flooring, call us at (510)783-8882 or (510) 324-8882. We’d be happy to help.