A busy, working kitchen sees a lot of foot traffic, some falling implements both hard and sharp, and plenty of spilled water and food. With so much going on with a kitchen floor, it’s important to have the right flooring for the job. Tiling makes for a top pic in any active kitchen, with ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles serving well on the floor and walls of such a utility space.
All tiles share a few selection, installation, and maintenance considerations that are helpful to keep in mind when selecting the perfect tile for your project.
During selection process, keep in mind that tile is made in batches with slight color variations. Be sure to order extra tiles for replacements down the road. With the dynamic way light plays off tile, it’s also important to bring a sample into your kitchen and see how it looks in different lighting throughout the day. Even though each batch is slightly different, seeing how the tile type looks in your actual lighting will minimize surprises after installation.
Depending on the type of tile, installation can be complex enough to require a professional or easy enough for the DIYer with some skill and specialty tools. In a busy utility room like a kitchen, where safety is a concern, professional installation is worth the peace of mind and security. Any wall tiles likewise benefit from the experience of professionals during installation.
Maintenance and upkeep for all tile is similar. As semi-porous to hard materials, water does not readily seep into the tile itself. It’s still important to wipe up spills quickly, though, to maintain the integrity of the sealant and color. The grout lines between tiles, on the other hand, are rather porous and tend to stain easily. Keeping them clean with bleach helps maintain a sanitary kitchen, and grout that’s too far gone can easily be replaced for a refreshed look.
Ceramic tile works wonderfully in busy kitchens. While a hard and water-resistant material, ceramic is the softest and most porous of the tile options. This makes it easier to walk and stand on all day and lowers the chance of dropped items resulting in the item (or the tile) shattering.
Porcelain is a very hard, very water-tight material. The increased hardness brings increased slip hazard (should any spills go untended). Unlike ceramic tile, porcelain often comes in smaller sizes that allows for less grout space, leading to a longer-lasting look between grout replacements.
Stone tiles may not be the first to come to mind for a kitchen, but their natural form brings with it a certain amount of slip resistance by being a textured surface. Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles that are crafted to specifications, stone tile is a great way to bring nature inside. With the most to offer, stone tile also has the most complicated installation requirements.
With any tile installation process, it helps to have a knowledgeable professional on your side to navigate the possibilities. Call or come into Fred Callaghan’s Luxury Design Showroom today to speak with one of our design professionals and browse top brands for all your tile needs!