Kitchen Floor TilesJune 5, 2023
Tile makes an excellent kitchen floor material because it is hard, durable and easy to wipe clean – plus comes in various styles to fit into any aesthetic.
Cement tiles create a modern and industrial aesthetic in any kitchen at an economical cost, while slate is ideal for creating natural yet subdued elegance.
Ceramic tile flooring offers a versatile and long-term solution to your kitchen flooring needs. Crafted of clay and other natural minerals and fired at high temperatures, it creates a hard-wearing surface resistant to staining, chipping and scratching that adds beauty and charm to your space. Furthermore, its wide array of colors, patterns and designs allows it to add character and stylization to your space.
Ceramic floor tiles come either glazed or unglazed, with the latter providing more resistance against water and other liquids than the former. Glazed tiles also tend to offer softer flooring surface textures than porcelain ones; glazed ceramics may show wear-and-tear over time though; keep this in mind if your family often walks barefoot on them.
Ceramic tile classification is also an important consideration, which will dictate its usage in your home and beyond. Abrasion resistance ratings vary according to where a tile will be placed in a home, from class 1 for light traffic use up to class 5 for heavy commercial usage – higher ratings indicate more resilient tiles.
Although porcelain tile falls into the general ceramic category, its design flexibility surpasses those offered by other ceramic tiles. Due to its density and low porosity, porcelain can withstand moisture penetration without staining or bacteria growth – an excellent option for kitchen floors.
Porcelain tiles are harder and less likely to chip than ceramic, making them more resilient against heavy foot traffic. Their colors are embedded within each tile so their hue won’t fade as quickly, unlike ceramics which feature glaze that cracks or scratches over time.
Porcelain tiles come in various colors, shapes and patterns that allow you to create distinctive herringbone, diagonal, straight-lay or basket weave patterns with ease. Some even come in large format styles to minimize grout lines in smaller rooms, making the room feel larger than ever! Whether glazed or unglazed porcelain is your preference – both types of porcelain can also be installed on walls! For optimal results try selecting PEI rated porcelain tiles; look out for these labels at MSI showrooms or our website.
Glass tile backsplashes add vibrant color and visual interest to any kitchen, particularly small spaces as their reflective surface scatters light around the room, visually expanding it.
These eye-catching tiles come in an assortment of textures, shapes, and colors. Easy to install using mesh-backed or dot mounted sheets, they can also be cut into mosaic or penny styles to give your backsplash an individualistic appearance.
Glass backsplash tiles are mildew-resistant and easy to keep clean, as well as environmentally-friendly materials made of recycled waste. While ideal for walls, floors may show water spots or scratches quickly; matte or frosted finishes might reduce slipperiness when using in your shower or tub area. When choosing colored glass tiles as backsplashes expect their color to shift slightly over time due to sunlight exposure; plan accordingly by creating a cardboard template of your cabinets and marking any tiles that may need removing for plumbing, ventilation, or electricity upgrades.
Durability should always be top of mind when it comes to kitchen floor tiles. As this area experiences constant foot traffic and may become exposed to liquid spills and leaks, its durability must not falter.
Ceramic and porcelain tile remain popular choices in most households; however, rubber flooring is becoming more and more prevalent in kitchens as a comfortable surface that’s easier on backs and knees than hard floors. Furthermore, rubber is resistant to moisture build-up as well as being stain-proof compared to many other flooring types.
Style, color and texture options make finding the ideal kitchen floor tile suitable for every design style easy. Natural materials like travertine offer exquisite depth and texture in any kitchen; however, its porous nature requires regular sealing using penetrating surface sealers such as penetrating surface sealers to avoid staining from stains or leakage of moisture into it. Other durable kitchen floor options may include porcelain textured porcelain from Porcelanosa’s Stuc collection or EVA foam kitchen tiles.