When it comes to giving your kitchen a clean and classic look that’s also durable, you can’t beat tile flooring. Since most tile is completely stain and water resistant, it makes sense that it’s the preferred option in the kitchen. Additionally, given the universal appeal of tile, it’s a smart investment for any homeowner. There are endless options when it comes to tile flooring for your kitchen. So many tile materials and styles out there that may fit your design goal and budget. We’ve taken a look at two of the most popular options: ceramic vs. natural stone.
Plain ceramic tile is all you need for residential use. No need to invest in the most popular tile today – porcelain since it’s toughness is unnecessary in the home. Porcelain is designed more for industrial floors like airports. Although ceramic tile is harder to install than other flooring, it is an investment that pays off and increases the value of your home. It’s got all the properties you need in a kitchen floor. When installed properly, ceramic tile will last for the life of your home. It cleans very easily and it stands up to high traffic. Glazed flooring tiles are virtually waterproof and impervious to changing humidity conditions which makes them ideal for the kitchen. However, one of the major drawbacks to glazed tile is that it can be extremely slippery. Additionally, ceramic tile doesn’t hold heat very well and can be uncomfortable to stand on due to its hardness.
Stone tiles add a quality and warmth to kitchens that’s not possible with any other material. Natural stone brings an original, timeless look to your floor and it’s easy to see why lots of homeowners choose materials like marble, granite or slate for their kitchen. Because it comes out of the earth, stone is prone to wild variations in color and quality so, if you do choose one of the natural stone options, do your homework and make sure it fits with your kitchen’s overall design. One of the biggest drawbacks to natural stone is that it’s quite porous and needs to be treated with a sealing agent periodically to protect its surface. Most types of natural stone are not waterproof. If you’re concerned about the waterproof factor but still want a natural stone material, consider granite. To add to the disadvantages, some stones chip easily and some polished materials like marble are known to scratch easily.
Whether you choose to go with ceramic tile or natural stone tiles for your kitchen floor, you’ll need some help with installation. Look to the experts at Floor Coverings International of Calgary for all your tile flooring needs.