Subject to heavy foot traffic, moisture, dropped items, and countless other calamities, your kitchen floor takes a beating, and that’s why it is so important to choosing the right type of flooring. Flooring in your kitchen needs to not only withstand day to day pressures, but can handle a random calamity such as your dishwasher breaking down or a pipe bursting. While there are many options, ceramic tile offers several benefits for you to consider when choosing a flooring material.
Unlike hardwood or laminate flooring, ceramic tile won’t get ruined or damaged when exposed to moisture. Glazing on ceramic tiles prevent moisture from affecting them whether it’s a large amount of water or a long-term exposure to humidity. The glaze also makes the tile stain resistant. While unglazed tiles are available, they will need to be sealed to prevent water and stain damage.
No matter how much foot traffic your kitchen sees, ceramic tile will hold up. Ceramic tiles are extremely hard and durable, and when they are installed correctly, they can last for decades. In the event that a single tile does get cracked, it is easy and inexpensive to replace.
Ceramic tiles come in an amazing variety of colors, from cool white to warm terracotta and brown shades. Not only are there plenty of colors to choose from, because the tiles are individually laid, different colors and styles can be used. While the standard size is 12 inches square, tiles now come in sizes from one inch square to 24 inches square. The ability to customize allows for endless creativity and looks, from a modern, contemporary look to a southwestern design. However, ceramic tile can also create a lovely neutral backdrop, giving future design plans a great foundation.
If you are looking for an affordable flooring option, ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of prices. They often start below two or three dollars per square foot. Not only is the “upfront” cost of materials and installation affordable, but when factoring in the price of upkeep, repairs, and the long lifespan, ceramic tile is generally much less expensive than hardwood and laminate flooring.
Ceramic tile is the most eco-friendly flooring material you can use. Not only is it derived from natural, sustainable materials, but due to the high temperature in the firing process, the tiles don’t contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). There are no toxic emissions or fumes to worry about, and the tiles don’t allow for the growth of mold or mildew, so your air quality will maintain healthy levels. Also, because the tiles are easy to clean with just warm water and a mild detergent, you don’t have to expose yourself or your family to harmful cleaning agents or chemicals.