Tips for choosing the best kitchen floor tiles
A kitchen is a place in your house where everything needs to be clean and tidy . You definitely cannot compromise with hygiene here . From the cabinets to the flooring , everything must be clean . Make your cooking time , even more enjoyable with floorings and cabinets that match with your interior designs.
When it comes to tile flooring, there is no shortage of materials, colors, textures and designs to choose from.However, not every material is appropriate for every space. Tiles must be wisely selected for your kitchen flooring as you cannot tinker with these every second day and hence it must be durable . Following are some tips for choosing best floor kitchen tips –
Hardness measures the material’s ability to withstand wear/foot traffic, as well as scratches. You can use this scale to select a material that is most suitable for your room’s function.
- Class I: No foot traffic. Appropriate for wall-only application.
- Class II: Light traffic or interior wall applications. Appropriate for floor application in areas with soft soled to normal foot traffic, with no scratching dirt. Bathrooms and bedrooms with no exterior access.
- Class III: Light to moderate traffic, as well as countertops and walls. Appropriate for floor application in areas with normal foot traffic and small amounts of scratching dirt. All rooms of the home, except for kitchens, entryways, and other areas with high foot traffic.
- Class IV: Moderate to heavy traffic. Appropriate for floor application in all areas of the home, including kitchens, halls, entryways.
- Class V: Heavy to extra heavy traffic, as well as exposure to scratching dirt. Appropriate floor applications in any area of the home, as well as commercial spaces.
. It is determined by the ratio of air holes to solids in a tile, which impacts the amount of water it absorbs. Here are Porosity Classifications:
- Impervious: water absorption of 0.5 percent or less. Recommended for use in the kitchen and especially bathroom.
- Vitreous: water absorption of 0.5 percent to 3 percent.
- Semi Vitreous: water absorption of 3 – 7 percent.
- Non Vitreous: water absorption of more than 7 percent. This category is not recommended for floor use.
Porcelain -the best choice
If you are looking for a material that has strength, moisture resistance and versatile design, porcelain is the best choice. It is more durable that ceramic tile and comes in a greater variety of styles, colors and textures. Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic tiles because they are denser. The downside to using porcelain tiles is that they are more difficult to cut and drill through because of their strength, which might be reflected in a quote given to lay the tiles.
Porcelain or ceramic ?
Ceramic and porcelain tile are similar. Both are made from clay mixtures fired at high temperatures to produce a hard, durable tile. Both come either glazed or unglazed. Beyond that, there are important differences.
Porcelain floor tile has sand added to the clay mixture and is made with heat and pressure to produce a tile that’s harder, denser and less porous than regular ceramic tile. It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas, kitchens and bathrooms. It’s tough enough to be used outdoors in any climate.
Glazed porcelain tile has a glass-like coating applied during firing to produce colored surface. Unglazed porcelain has color added to the clay mixture so the color and pattern is carried all the way through the tile. Any wear or scratches won’t show on unglazed porcelain.
Regular ceramic floor tile is sometimes called “non-porcelain” to clearly differentiate it from porcelain. It’s softer than its porcelain cousin and glazed to create a hard wear surface in virtually any color. Because it’s softer, it’s easier to cut and install. Although it’s more porous than porcelain, the glazing creates a surface that’s impervious to kitchen spills and splashes.
Stone floor tiles are made from natural stone including slate, granite, limestone, travertine, and marble. Most stone tiles are porous and need to be refinished with a quality stone sealer every two to three years.
Stone can be polished or honed. Polished stone surfaces are slippery when wet, but the polishing lets the full beauty of the stone show through. Honed stone tiles provide more traction but have a less vibrant look.
Anti- skid tiles
If you have children and elderly people in the house, it is very important to install anti skid materials. Look for products with a high COF (coefficient of friction).Choose floor tile that has a slight raised pattern, or texture to it to allow for a safer kitchen floor.
If you have a small kitchen or does not have a lot of natural light, one way to make it appear bigger is to install light color floor tile. White, sand, beige, cream, etc are all good choices. You can even install the same material on the walls, which will further create the illusion of bigger space. You should aim to coordinate your floor tile colour with the entire room, not just the wall tiles. Think about equipment and cupboards in the room, accent colours and work tops. A little known fact is that glossy black floor tiles can often show dirt more than lighter coloured floor tiles.
Drawbacks of Kitchen Tile Flooring
- Tile reflects sound, so tile flooring can contribute to a noisy environment. Area rugs and anti-fatigue mats are good remedies.
- Tile requires maintenance, too. Although ceramic tile itself is durable, the grout between tiles can get dingy with age. Use a grout sealer on a regular basis to keep your floors looking new.
- Tiles surfaces can be slippery when wet. If you’re concerned about traction, look for tiles that are certified to be slip-resistant.
- Its surface is cold to the touch of bare feet. And dropped dishes, mugs, and glasses can break on impact.
Advantages of tile flooring for kitchen –
- Kitchen wall tiles not only look clean and cool but they’re practical, too – creating the perfect splash-back for your sink and hob.And opting for quality kitchen floor tiles – from the simplest metro designs to intricate Moroccan patterns – can really add that wow factor to your cooking and entertaining space.
- Hygiene is also another important aspect to consider and something that floor tiles can certainly offer, as they are extremely easy to look after and clean. There are also grouts that have antibacterial additives available now ensuring that every part of your floor is fully hygienic.
How to Clean:
Wipe up spills immediately to avoid staining grout. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly, and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth. Avoid abrasives such as steel wool and scouring pads. Reseal stone floors as necessary.
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