Flooring is an important part of any room. That’s because literally covers every inch of a room, making it a central part of your interior design. If your flooring doesn’t match the rest of your kitchen, it will detract greatly from the looks of your home. Additionally, your kitchen flooring needs to match your lifestyle. Not all flooring is created equal. If you’re someone who cooks a lot and spends the majority of time in your kitchen, you need a material that not only looks beautiful but is durable and can hold up to heavy use and food spills. One of the best materials you can choose to keep your kitchen looking beautiful is tile. Here are 4 amazing types of kitchen tile you can use for your home:
1. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for many rooms, not just the kitchen. This tile works virtually anywhere, including bathrooms, mudrooms, and anywhere else you may need it. But the reason we suggest ceramic tile for the kitchen is because of its solid surface. Some tiles are porous and allow food, allergens, water, and microbes to soak through. That’s not the case with ceramic when it is glazed. Glazed ceramic does not trap allergens or spills.
This material is also low-maintenance. All you have to do is a simple sweep and mop. You do not have to use special stone cleaners as you do with other tiles, but you should avoid harsh chemicals. As long as you’re not using harsh chemicals, these tiles will last a long time without you putting too much effort into care and maintenance.
You can also purchase ceramic tiles in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and shapes. That means that you can find an option that will suit your kitchen design, no matter what it is. This is an excellent choice for kitchen tile in so many ways.
That being said, ceramic does have one major drawback. It is a very hard tile. That means that while it is easy to clean, it’s not necessarily comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. And if you drop any delicate items on the floor, they will likely break after coming into contact with ceramic tile.
2. Mosaic Glass Tile
Glass isn’t usually the first material people think of when choosing a kitchen tile. However, glass does come with many advantages. First, it’s easy to clean. Like ceramic, glass does not hold microbes, stains, or allergens. It is nonporous, meaning everything stays on the surface for easy cleaning. Second, it helps keep a room bright and airy. Glass reflects light, so your kitchen will seem more cheerful when you install this material. Finally, glass is highly versatile. You can get glass tiles in many different colors and shapes. This material is also durable and holds up well under heavy use.
Expense is the main drawback of using mosaic glass tile. You may find cheaper options for less popular colors, but the more beautiful options can cost up to $40 per square foot. Glass is also prone to scratch easily, and despite its durability, a heavy blow can crack tiles.
Few materials will give you the same sense of sophistication and elegance that marble will. Marble denotes luxury. Whatever room it is installed in gets a major step-up in appearance. When your kitchen looks as beautiful as it will with marble, you won’t be able to stay out of it. You’ll make up excuses to bake, cook, and even clean so you can admire your new kitchen tile.
Marble also comes in a wide variety of colors. Many people associate white with marble, but it also comes in many other hues, such as blue, green, and black. Thus, this is a highly versatile stone.
Unfortunately, marble does have two major drawbacks despite its beautiful appearance. First, it is high maintenance. You’ll have to regularly clean and reseal your marble because this material gets stained and scratched easily. Marble is also expensive. You can expect to pay between $1,250 to $6,250 for a new marble tile floor.
Travertine is a type of limestone, and it is great for rustic, weathered, designs. It is a beautiful and durable material. It’s not as hard as other options like ceramic, porcelain, and marble, but it still holds up well under heavy use. However, it’s important to note that travertine is porous. That means it stains when you spill food and beverages on it if you don’t clean them up right away. Travertine also “etches.” Etching is a chemical reaction that occurs between stone and acidic substances such as wine, coffee, and tomato juice. It causes the stone to be eaten away. Thus, you need to invest in a sealant and maintain your travertine properly if you plan to use this material for kitchen tile.
Consult Prime Remodeling About Kitchen Tile!
Are you still unsure which type of kitchen tile is right for you? The team at Prime Remodeling can help you decide. Our expert designers and contractors are always ready to discuss your options with you. We can also help with installation as well, so we’re the right people to call when you’re ready to replace your kitchen tile. Contact us today for the best flooring services in Houston!