Ceramic tiles are another commonly used product in kitchen flooring design today. Ceramic tiles used for flooring are primarily made from clay and various other natural minerals and materials, these tiles get their strength once exposed to extreme heat. From a kitchen design perspective, this product is a great flooring choice for your kitchen.
Cost of Ceramic Tile Kitchen Flooring
You can spend a little, or a lot! Ceramic tiles are available in many sizes, shapes, thick nesses, colors, textures, and strengths all at various prices. You can buy ceramic tiles anywhere from $2 – $50 or more, however variety of choice, makes ceramic tiles quite cost effective.
Color and Design Choices for Ceramic Tile Flooring
Your options are truly endless with respect to color, texture and style of ceramic tiles. The hardest part about choosing the right flooring ceramic tile is deciding which one best fits with your space!
Ceramic tiles are a porous material thereby requiring a sealant or in other words a glaze. A natural glaze application would allow for the tile to gain a hard surface but would also leave the tile in its natural hue. In order for a tile to have a particular color, pigments are added to a glaze and once fired, become an intentionally colorful tile.
** It is important to note that variety is fantastic however it may be difficult to find the same style of tile in the future. Be sure to buy extra tiles to have for replacement otherwise you may have a very difficult hunt on your hands if damage occurs.
Durability of Ceramic Tile Kitchen Flooring
The durability of ceramic tiles are ranked using a grade system. The lowest grade of strength being I and the greatest level of strength would be V. Today the internet and discount tile supply stores are a fantastic option for getting great prices on tiles, but beware that not all packages will be properly labeled to distinguish a grade.
With respect to durability, a grade III or higher glazed ceramic tile is an excellent solution for flooring in any kitchen for many reasons: is very strong and can outlast almost any flooring product on the market today if installed properly and well maintained.
In kitchen flooring it is vital to have a tile with at least a grade III strength. Glazed ceramic tiles rank highly among similar materials for scratch resistance.
Strength – Although the strength of glazed ceramic tiles are ranked in grades and can be very strong with respect to wear and scratching, these floors can be more susceptible to damage than vinyl and linoleum. Very heavy objects could eventually create enough pressure over time to crack tiles and should something heavy fall onto the floor, breakage could also occur. It is possible to fix broken tiles, however this process can also damage surrounding tiles.
Fire resistance – Glazed ceramic tiles are fire resistant and will not burn or emit toxic fumes.
Water resistance – Glazed ceramic tiles are moisture resistant with an absorption rate of 3% to 7%. If water is left pooling on a ceramic surface for a prolonged period of time, damage can be expected.
Maintenance – Sweeping and light mopping make these floors an easy clean.
Construction & Installation of Ceramic Tile Flooring
Unlike sheet vinyl or linoleum flooring, the installation process for ceramic floor tiles is much simpler. It is not necessary to have this material professionally installed, in fact with the proper knowledge it can easily be done by yourself and of course save some pennies! If you are looking for a professional though, you can hire a professional Ceramic Tile installer.
There is no better way to learn something new than trying to do something on your own, but no one wants to end up with a mess at the end!! There are many things to consider when installing your own ceramic tile kitchen floor.
Do your research and seek out credible advice. There are several fantastic web sites designed to help you install your ceramic tile kitchen floor and be sure to visit your local building centers where some will host free lessons on tiling. The more information and advise you can receive the less mistakes may be made saving you money!
Choosing a color or style of tile is an important consideration, but so is your grout! Be sure to get the right grout and don’t forget to choose the right color of grout as well. Be aware of the final look you are trying to achieve and realize that the choice of grout color could dramatically change the overall appearance of your floor for better and for worse! Spacing between your tiles is also something very important to consider. A greater effect and style can be created in your flooring design with something as simple as spacing.
Another tile to consider installing in your kitchen is handmade tile. One very important thing to note about using and installing these tiles is that each tile is generally different. This tile can add rustic beauty to your space but beware of inconsistencies your end result may not resemble your intention!
Health Impact of Ceramic Tile Flooring
Ceramic tiles are an excellent choice for kitchen floors in that they are very easy to clean. These tiles are non-conductive and therefore do not attract dust and dirt.
From a green perspective ceramic tiles are not ideal. They are created from natural ingredients that do not harm landfills but they do add to them. The problem with ceramic tiles is that they require an enormous amount of energy in order to fire-bake them. This contributes to energy consumption and Co2 contribution. However there are now manufacturers producing recycled ceramic and porcelain tiles. This is obviously a better choice.
As for indoor air quality, ceramic tiles are an excellent choice. They are easy to keep clean and do not harbor dust mites and allergens however you must ensure that you use environmentally friendly grouts, adhesives and sealers.
Oh yeah! Ceramic tiles are the easiest way to get sexy in your kitchen. Do your shopping and you can find some gorgeous tiles that don’t have to cost a small fortune. Remember that layout and grout can also help to create a sexier look for your space. You’re options for layout are limitless, play with different sizes, shapes and colors and watch your floor transform from dull to delicious!
The Martini Factor
So maybe your friends and family are extremely well behaved.. either that or stemware and china doesn’t do it for you!! Unfortunately ceramic tile doesn’t fare well in this category. You can be sure to have some casualties in the kitchen but who cares if it looks great right??!!