Kitchen Tiles

Stunning low maintenance kitchens

Kitchen flooring needs to be tough!

Naturally you will want a flooring material that tolerates lots of foot traffic, moisture/water, acidic food and household products and looks GREAT too… and many flooring materials are not cut out for the job!

Here you’ll find the type of tiles considered to be the best performers in a kitchen.

When entering a home or business the first thing people notice is the flooring (check for yourself and see if this applies to you), and the kitchen is the place people most like to gather! So keep this in mind when choosing your kitchen flooring.

Natural Stone

Most natural stone materials are very sensitive to anything acidic and may need to be sealed when installed in a kitchen or bathroom. Always follow the manufacturer’s advise. When in doubt, ask your flooring distributor…Better safe than sorry!

Marble or granite may not be the best choices for kitchen flooring simply because they are VERY expensive, need a little extra TLC, especially marble because acidic products, like lemons and vinegar, will cause it to etch.

Consider, too, that these natural stones are not so easy to remove should you ever want to change the flooring material…However, they are beautiful and if you are wanting a “formal” looking kitchen, and if price is no object, these are the natural stones that will create that “look”.

Slate is a wise kitchen flooring choices if you are wanting a more casual effect. Either one will definitely create that mood and look fantastic in the process!

Natural stones are all extremely durable, and when properly sealed and cared for they will resist moisture and staining. That is to say, these types of accidents need attention as soon as possible… All of these natural stones will last a life time…

Cleaning and care is fairly simple once you learn how… BUT using cleaning products made for natural stones is a must!

Nature is very generous, she has provided an abundance of colors, veining and textures for every type of natural stone…

Granite has the most colors and patterns of all the natural stones. Literally hundreds (maybe thousands) to choose from…

However, all natural stones are hard and cold underfoot, so you may want to consider radiant floor heat underfoot.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are man-made and work exceptionally well for kitchen flooring. Both have superb wear and performance qualities, and will last several years…

Economical for the budget-minded, they require little care or maintenance, and can be easily installed by a (DIY) do it yourself!

Ceramic tiles can be found in every color, design, pattern and size imaginable, and their flexibility will let you be more creative when planning your floor design.

Porcelain tiles are softer in appearance, with many neutral tones of various shades, and present a warm, inviting, calm effect…

For wet areas, ceramic or porcelain must be sealed. Buying them already sealed from the manufacturer will save you the trouble of doing it yourself… However, the grout will need to be sealed after installation is completed.

When buying your tile, always add an extra box so you’ll have them on hand. You never know when one may chip or crack, especially during installation…

Not Suitable For Kitchens

Flooring materials of solid hardwoods, bamboo, carpeting, leather, and natural fibers make wonderful floor coverings, just not the best in the kitchen…especially carpeting of any kind! It doesn’t mean you can’t use them as kitchen flooring, but there are many other types of exceptional materials to choose from that will work much better, so why ask for problems when you can avoid them… plus the expense…

Hardwoods are porous (staining and bacteria) affected by acidic products, not moisture friendly (no matter what you’ve heard) and will dent easily. Bamboo is beautiful but not hearty enough to withstand the hazards of a kitchen. Carpeting is definitely OUT for obvious reasons.Leather is too sensitive to tolerate anything other than a friendly spot.