How to Choose the Best Kitchen Floor Tile

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Floor Tile

The tile you choose for your kitchen floor can have a major impact on your kitchen as a whole, from aesthetic value to ocnvenience factors.  The right tile will not only set the tone for your kitchen, but will also fit your day to day needs, whether that be easty to clean, safe for kids and pets, or long lasting.

What are the most popular tile choices?

The most popular tile choices for kitchen are ceramics, porcelain, travertine, slate, and marble, and of course these are just a few of the many, many options available.  How do you choose the best kitchen floor tile for your needs?  Melton Home Build offers professional kitchen flooring advice to help you ensure your choose what’s best for you.  Give us a call or fill out our online form to get personalized assistance for your home renovation and remodeling needs.

What factors should I consider?

To offer a basic breakdown for choosing the best type of tile for you, there are a few things to consider.

You’ll want to consider factors such as durability- how long are you hoping your tile will last? Ceramic, for example, is incredibly durable, able to withstand a dropped pot or plate without sustaining damage. Even better, should one tile be damaged, it’s easier to replace that tile without worrying about the entire floor.

Porcelain as well is among the most durable of kitchen flooring materials, and is often used in commercial kitchens for this benefit. Marble, however, is highly susceptible to scratching and staining, needing regular resealing to keep away the effects of regular wear and tear.

Once you’ve decided on the level of durability you’re looking for, consider your lifestyle.

Choosing the best tile for your lifestyle

Do you have kids and pets that you’re worried about in your kitchen? If so, you will want to consider the difference a non-slip tile material can make. Marble, for example, can get very slippery when wet, making it a poor choice for those worried about children and guests walking across their kitchen floors.

Granite as well, although becoming increasingly popular as a flooring material for kitchens, can be very slippery, especially if it has been polished recently. For this reason, it is not recommended for use in homes with children or elderly inhabitants. Textured tiles, such as pebble or sandstone tile flooring, are much more slip resistant and make a better choice.

One major factor to consider after the non-slip or durability factors is how easy the tile will be to get and keep clean. This is where porousness and grout size come into play. Porous materials, such as sandstone and cement tile, are more prone to scratching, more easily stained, and more absorbent.

These materials will require more maintenance and careful care and can be difficult to keep clean in the event of cooking accidents. Quartz tile is an example of one of the most non-porous of the tile options, allowing very little liquid to seep in, making it more durable and even cleaner and more hygienic, as this factor helps it to keep bacteria out. Grout size must be considered as well, as stopping discoloration of grout means a lot of maintenance on your end.

Conclusion

There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the perfect kitchen tile material to suit your specific needs. When it comes time to make your final choice, reach out to us to make sure you end up with the best kitchen floor tiles during your remodel or renovation.

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