Kitchen tile: What you should know before choosing
Whether you’re designing your kitchen in a new build or looking for a way to give your existing space a refresh, choosing the right kitchen tile is an important piece of the puzzle. Choosing the wrong tile for your kitchen can not only throw off the design, but also result in other issues like mold, odors, and expensive repairs down the road. Dreamstone, Inc. is here to help walk you through the process of choosing the right kitchen tile – let’s get started.
You’ll have to consider two types of tile when designing or redesigning your kitchen: floor tile and backsplash tile. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the best of both.
Choosing the right kitchen tile for your floors
The kitchen tiles you use for your flooring are going to see a lot of wear and tear over the years. The kitchen is traditionally a space that sees heavy foot traffic; you’ll also deal with moisture, spills, dropped dishes, and more. That’s why it’s important to choose a kitchen tile that can withstand the passage of time. Here are our top picks at Dreamstone Orlando.
Ceramic tile: Ceramic tile is durable and affordable. It comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns, and is a great way to add personality to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Ceramic tile is also typically glazed, which makes it impervious to water and other spills and as such, perfect for your Orlando home’s kitchen floors.
Porcelain tile: Porcelain tile is another extremely durable option for your kitchen tile that will stand the test of time. It’s actually harder and denser than ceramic tile and can cost a bit more, but it’s definitely an investment. Porcelain tile also lends a sleek and sophisticated look to your cooking space and can be glazed to repel moisture.
Stone tile: Stone tile is the most expensive of the three options, but it’s also the most durable and at the same time, luxurious. It’s made from natural stone materials and is incredibly strong. Keep in mind that polished stone tiles can become slippery when wet.
Still unsure as to which material is best for floor kitchen tiles? Let the Orlando tile experts at Dreamstone help you choose.
What are the right qualities for kitchen tiles?
Here are some qualities to keep in mind when searching Orlando for the perfect kitchen tile.
Durability. There’s a rating system for tile durability – typically, tiles rated Class 3 or Class 4 are the best for handling foot traffic and as such, perfect for kitchens.
Water resistance. Kitchens see a lot of spills and moisture, and you need a tile that can handle it. If you’re using unglazed tiles, you want a maximum absorption rate of 0.5%. For glazed tiles, you want a maximum absorption rate of 3%. Our Orlando tile experts can help you choose the right tile based on water resistance.
Texture. Textured floors have pros and cons. On one hand, they hide dirt and stains better and make the floor less slippery, especially when they’re wet. On the other hand, they’re harder to clean. It just boils down to your preference.
Let our Orlando tile company help you design (or redesign) your kitchen
Still need help choosing the perfect kitchen tile? Let Dreamstone help – contact our Orlando tile experts today.