A 2017 Houzz survey revealed that 71% of homeowners renovating their kitchens are upgrading their flooring. Though there is some debate over which type of flooring is best for the kitchen, one of the most common choices is tile. Tile flooring has the right characteristics for the job. It is waterproof, easy to clean, and damage resistant. There are, however, many different materials to choose from.
- Ceramic: Ceramic tile floors are the most cost-effective option. They allow for a high degree of customizability, boasting nearly endless color options, and are very durable. Ceramic tile flooring is made by heating and cooling clay that has been shaped into the tile dimensions desired for your floors.
- Marble: Marble is a malleable cut natural stone with subtle veins running throughout. The last word in refined elegance, marble is perfect for any high-end kitchen. Be mindful that it is a top of the range option and can be quite expensive.
- Slate: This dark granular stone can have a great range of naturally occurring earth-tone colors and would look beautiful in both modern and rustic kitchens alike. It is less costly than marble and though it is still high end, slate tile flooring doesn’t scream wealth.
- Porcelain: Porcelain tile flooring is similar to ceramic in that it’s made from clay but different because it uses refined clay. This does make it a bit denser, allowing for more durability, but that comes at a cost. On average, porcelain tile is slightly more expensive than ceramic.
- Quartzite: Quartzite is a material formed from minerals that have been under extreme tectonic pressure for millions of years skillfully crafted into explosively colorful tiles and countertops. It is in competition with marble in terms of price but takes a different stylistic approach. Whereas marble is simple and elegant, quartzite derives its appeal from stunning natural patterns and loud coloring.
Overall, ceramic is very popular for a reason. It is cheap and simple, yet can have nearly all of the characteristics the other tile materials have. This is because coloring can be mixed into the clay to emulate the appearance of the others. If you are interested in new ceramic tile flooring for your kitchen, come in today to check out our selection.