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 a stylish choice for flooring.
However, as with redoing any type of 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 an ideal choice 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.
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 that are 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 tiles 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 tile 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 stand often, 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.
Before installation, ceramic tiles typically cost anywhere from $2 to $20 per square foot so you can be sure to find something that fits your budget.
Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings provides a wide selection of ceramic tile from many high-quality brands. If you buy from them you will be able to choose any size, color, and texture of tiling you want, guaranteeing you will find something that works well in your kitchen. Before long, you will have a truly unique kitchen space. Visit their showroom in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, open 6 days a week, for a free in-home estimate.
As with any flooring, you want to make sure the ceramic tile in your kitchen is installed properly. After all, the material itself might be beautiful, but if it is installed poorly, it won’t matter what the material looks like.
Ceramic tile is made from clay and is easy to install. Remember that tile must be installed over a subfloor. The subfloor needs to be smooth, flat, and clean. When installing ceramic tiles, make sure all edges are straight which will make grouting easier. Also, make sure all your tiles are the same size when you purchase them. Nothing is worse than discovering you have mismatched tiles after you start installing your flooring. Square and rectangle tiles are the easiest to install. However, if you choose to use a more unique shape, be sure to hire a professional to help you out and to make sure your project is successful.
The installers at Palmetto Carpet and Floor coverings are skilled professionals trained in the latest techniques, and they guarantee professional level installation in writing. You can be sure that the installation of your flooring is just as high quality as the flooring itself. In addition, all of their installations are warrantied for three years or more, so you don’t have to worry if issues with installation show up down the road.
Don’t overlook the flooring in your kitchen. Picking out the right tile for your kitchen can add much to any space both aesthetically and practically.