Tile is a popular choice for kitchens due to its durable, water-resistant nature. The most popular tile choices include ceramic, porcelain, and stone, although there are also other flooring types that can work well in the kitchen. Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake wants to make sure you find the right tile for your White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview kitchen, so be sure to schedule a free in-home estimate to learn and see the different options and before you decide on what tile to purchase!
Porcelain tile is a sand and clay mixture that is made hard and dense from high heat and pressure. Glazed varieties have a strong coating put on the surface of the tile during the firing process that gives them a colored surface. Unglazed varieties have color added to the sand and clay mixture so the color is carried all the way through the tile. This is a huge benefit in that no scratches or wear will show on unglazed porcelain!
Ceramic is similar to porcelain but softer. It is also a hard, durable material made of sand and clay and can be made glazed or unglazed and works for most styles and budgets. It can even be made to look like stone or wood! Ceramic tiles are easy to clean and very resistant to water, which is why they’re also often used as backsplashes and in bathrooms. Because these tiles are a bit softer, it can be easier to cut and install them. Be sure to contact a professional when installing ceramic or any other kind of flooring tile– improper installation can cause tiles to crack and break!
Stone tile is made from natural stones. Common types include slate, granite, limestone, travertine, and marble. Stone usually requires professional sealing to protect against water since stone tiles are naturally porous. The natural variations found in stone tile create visual interest that is hard to replicate. Any stone you choose will likely give your kitchen an elegant look and feel.
Kitchen Tile for Your Woodbury Home
There are a few things to remember when picking tile for your kitchen flooring. What makes this material so durable is also what makes it hard on your feet and dishes. Long hours standing in the kitchen may be uncomfortable for your feet, and any dropped dishes are likely to break. It also can be slippery, so use caution when your tile floors get wet or ask us about options that offer better traction. Otherwise, tile is a great, classic choice for the kitchen and will perform great.
Is your kitchen ready for updated tile? We offer free in-home estimates in the White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area so you can see and feel the different materials between you decide what tile is a good fit! Be sure to consult with our experts at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake to figure out the right tile for your next project.
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