Tile Floors

Tile floors come in a wide variety of colors and styles. They can create an elegant, sophisticated look or a modern, sleek look in any room. Many people choose to use ceramic tile for their kitchen floors. This is both a practical and stylish choice for flooring. However, as with redoing any flooring in any room, there are a few things you need to know before jumping in.

Why Choose Tile Flooring for the Kitchen?

Tile flooring is a wonderful choice for the kitchen. Kitchen floors are often victims of spills, which means having a surface that is easy to clean is a must. Ceramic tile can easily be swept and mopped so you can clean up any messes quickly and thoroughly. It also doesn’t absorb odors or bacteria, two things you certainly want to keep out of your kitchen. Because it is so easy to clean and water-resistant, ceramic tile is ideal for areas that might get wet–such as the kitchen.

Tile flooring is one of the most durable forms of flooring. This is a plus since most kitchens experience heavy foot traffic and regular spills. Which such a sturdy material, you won’t have to worry about damage or stains caused by pets, kids, and spills.

Variety

Tiles can come in just about any style: bright colors, neutral colors, smooth, textured, you can even get tiles that look like wood. Tiles also come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Larger tiles are often easier to place smaller tiles, but smaller tiles can give your kitchen space a unique look if you are willing to put in the time and effort. The most popular choice for tiles at the moment are 12-inch squares.

All times are hard, but did you know that different tiles actually have different levels of hardness? The Porcelain Enamel Institute rates tile hardness from Group I tiles, which are appropriate for light traffic areas such as home bathrooms, to Group V, which are appropriate for extra heavy traffic, such as commercial areas. For your kitchen, you will most likely want to use a group III tile. These tiles are perfect for medium-heavy traffic areas, such as the more busy rooms in your home.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

Tile flooring is certainly hard and sturdy; however, this can at times be a drawback as well as a plus. Glass and porcelain dishes can break easily, and tile floors can be cold and uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these drawbacks. You can place area rugs in places where people often stand, such as the sink, to cushion your feet. The areas you stand the most are likely the area in which you will handle dishes the most too, so if you drop something, it will likely fall onto the area rug rather than the hard tile.

Maintaining your tile flooring is a bit different from maintaining your other types of flooring. While the tile itself is quite easy to clean, cleaning the grout can be problematic. However, if you seal the grout, it will make this process much easier. Also, broken tiles cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Finally, keep in mind that tile needs to be installed over a subflooring; this will help prevent chipping and cracking. Therefore, pay careful attention to the installation process.

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