Kitchen tile flooring has withstood the test of time. There is a reason it remains as common today as it was decades ago. Plus, advancements have been made to make different tile types more versatile and appealing. Although kitchen tile flooring already has a good reputation, let’s highlight why it is perfect for your Prosper, TX home.
The second you walk into any flooring store, you will notice the countless number of design options for tile. You’ll likely come across two different tile styles: porcelain and ceramic.
Porcelain will be sold either glazed or unglazed. Color pops out more with glazed porcelain as it is heated at extreme temperatures up until a desired color is in effect. In addition, a layer of liquid glass is added to glazed porcelain while it is heated. This is how the tile type gets its shine!
Unglazed porcelain, on the other hand, does not have a glass finish. A particular color is actually added to the clay while under fire, resulting in a through body color. Unglazed has an earthier appeal compared to more of a standout appeal for glazed. Either way, you should be able to find a porcelain tile that you like given the material’s design flexibility.
Ceramic tile comes glazed, therefore, it has similar design capabilities to glazed porcelain. Ceramic does not have a through body quality so cracks could be noticeable.
If you really want your kitchen to look luxurious, consider natural stone tile. Stones such as granite, slate and travertine can take over the look of home all by their lonesome, and only in the best of ways. Be careful with your selected stone, however. While they are certainly visually appealing, certain stones have deficiencies in regards to water resistance and scratch resistance.
Of all the flooring types, kitchen floor tile swings towards the inexpensive end. Actually, carpet is generally the only floor type that you will find cheaper. But we all know you can’t install carpet in your kitchen (at least we hope everyone knows that).
The order of tile cost for each type goes as follows (from least expensive to most expensive): ceramic, porcelain, natural stone.
Ceramic and porcelain are known to be very affordable options, as you could assume by their common use throughout Prosper, TX homes. However, natural stone will cost substantially more, maybe even giving hardwood a run for its money.
Maintenance is a separating factor for kitchen floor tile. The flat, non-rigid tile types can be cleaned through the basic use of a mop and broom. The ceramic texture does not absorb water. Natural stone is porous, meaning it will absorb water. Though, you will be in the clear for at least a couple of years as long as your have the stone tile sealed.
The only concern regarding tile maintenance is the tile grout. Grout can be a real pain to clean and it also reveals dirt much more easily than the actual tile. The tile covers a much greater surface area so dirty grout generally isn’t too noticeable. Regardless, you should try to get in the habit of cleaning tile grout once every few months if you want to optimize the look of your kitchen floor.
Of course, positive qualities are pointless if the floor doesn’t last. Durability and longevity are at the top of most homeowner’s preferences, and rightly so. No one wants a floor that has to be constantly monitored or one where additional costs follow the initial cost.
You won’t have to worry about those things with tile. Aside from the occasional resealing that comes along with owning a natural stone tile, you won’t be held to much responsibility once your tile is installed.
The hardness of kitchen tile flooring triumphs all other floor types. It would be wise to have a mat or two throughout your kitchen in order to give your feet a rest, but the good news is your tile floor will be able to withstand basically anything that is thrown at it.
If you are in the market for a new kitchen floor, contact Floors Touch! We have plenty of floor materials in stock, including the different tile types. Once you decide on a floor type, we’ll set you up with an estimate and installation. Floors Touch looks forward to helping you upgrade your kitchen! Until then, please visit our blog for additional helpful home remodeling input.