We may all agree that kitchen floors are hardest hit in most homes. They receive the heaviest foot traffic, are often exposed to spills, dirt, and grime. Then there’s the ever-present threat of moisture and high humidity levels. It’s very important to find the right flooring material designed to withstand the demands of the kitchen space. We’re here to simplify this decision for you. Read on to find out more.
Use glazed ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles are an ideal option for kitchen floors. When choosing ceramic tiles, make sure you opt for the glazed type. Glazed ceramic tiles are not only extremely durable but also easy to keep clean. Even when a hot plate or pot drops on the floor, it won’t damage the tile. When the tile ends up damaged, it’s easy to replace just the damaged tiles instead of having to install a completely new floor. Ceramic tiles are also available in numerous design options. It’s easy to find a look that complements your kitchen design if you choose ceramic floor tiles. However, note that ceramic tiles can get cold and uncomfortable underfoot and because the material is very heavy, it may not be ideal for the upper storey kitchens.
Choose porcelain tiles
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are similar in many ways. However, porcelain tiles are considered a lot more durable and water resistant than ceramic tiles. In fact, most people with commercial kitchens use porcelain tiles on the flooring because the material is designed to handle extremely heavy foot traffic and high-stress environments. Porcelain tiles are also easy to maintain. Sweeping and mopping off grime and dirt with a damp rag will keep the tiles clean and functional for several decades. However, be ready to spend slightly more when you choose to buy porcelain tiles. They are also more expensive to install than ceramic tiles.
First, you will need to decide on the tile thickness. The thicker the tiles, the costlier they will be. Most tiles will be between a half and one inch thick. You’ll also need to decide on the width and length of your tiles, which varies between 3×3 inches and 24×24 inches. Tiles also come in different shapes such as octagons, hexagons, and rectangles.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles have a rating which determines how durable they are going to be. A PEI rating of lower than 3 means that the tiles can only handle light to medium foot traffic. In fact, tiles that have such low ratings are only recommended for walls and other less traffic areas.
Colour, texture, and finish
Finally, you’ll have to settle for the specific colour, finish, and texture of your kitchen floor tiles. The finish you choose should complement the overall style of your kitchen. We have tiles that have a high-gloss finish, matte finish and textured surfaces with slip-resistant properties. Also, consider factors such as ease of maintenance and safety when choosing different tile finishes. Avoid dark tiles in smaller rooms as they can make the space look even smaller.