Choosing the right tile for your kitchen feels like a long-term commitment, and it is. Without a doubt, most homeowners want to make the right choice the first time. But it’s overwhelming. There are so many color options and different types of tiles that it seems impossible to make the best possible choice without spending years exploring tile options.
Characteristics of Tile Flooring
Not all tile flooring is made equal. In fact, with these characteristics and standard use expectations of a kitchen, there are only three really good material options for kitchen tile. Here we’ll quickly review each characteristic so you can set your expectations for your kitchen.
- Hardness – kitchen tile should be hard so it can resist scratches and dents.
- Moisture-resistance – spills are common in kitchens. It’s best to choose a non-porous tile.
- Slip-resistance – safety is always a chief concern. Ensure that your kitchen is a slip-resistance as possible.
- Maintenance – expect low maintenance.
- Installation – always bring in a professional because tile installation is demanding and is not forgiving in the event of mistakes.
- Budget – set your budget knowing that with the wide variety, you can certainly find something wonderful in your price range.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic is a type of porcelain, and they have many of the same benefits, although they are technically different types of tile.
Porcelain and ceramic both offer non-porous surfaces, are extremely hard and stain-resistant. The downside is that when the tile is glazed, it loses a fair amount of slip resistance. Unglazed options offer the same durability with greater slip-resistance, but for some people, unglazed is not always visually preferred.
Stone offers a luxury look with many options. Choosing granite or slate will ensure a non-porous surface, and they are generally slip-resistance. Unfortunately, stone tile requires more care than porcelain or ceramic options.
The owner must be sure to seal and regularly reseal the floor. Then there’s a concern when cleaning that stone floors can’t take on much water, so it’s important to only damp mop or steam mop.
Ultimately these three types of tile are the best options for most homeowners installing tile in their kitchen—Speak with a professional tile contractor to learn more about the best tile options that fit your needs.