The kitchen is one of the busiest areas in any home, so the floor covering needs to be hardy. That doesn’t drastically reduce the number of options available to home owners, especially given modern floor tile preparation. Your choice will really depend on a couple of factors, including personal choice. The kitchen floor tiles we recommend include:
Ceramic and Porcelain
Ceramic and porcleain tiles are manufactured from clay and are the hardest floor tiles available. Porcelain is the harder of the two and has become popular for a number of reasons. Ceramic tiles generally have the color and pattern placed on top whereas porcelain tiles have the color and pattern through the whole tile (front to back). Ceramic tiles are more prone to chips and cracks if heavy items are dropped on them, and the fact that color and pattern is only on the surface makes chips more noticeable. Both ceramic and porcelain are water and stain resistant and can be found with anti-slip properties. There is a virtual unlimited range of colors and styles available.
Slate is a durable natural stone that has natural anti-slip properties. Slate tiles will resist stains and have a reasonably good water resistance, however, your color choice is much smaller compared to manufactured tiles. Slate is a little more comfortable to stand on for long periods compared to ceramic and porcelain, and whilst chipping can be a problem, you will be hard pressed to find where a chip has come from.
Granite tiles are very tough, perhaps the toughest available in the natural stone range. Granite has good water and stain resistance, including acid spills (although it is wise to clean these immediately) and can be obtained with anti-slip properties. The downside to granite tiles is that they can be easily scratched if the floor is not kept clean. Granite is not always the best choice if there is a high likelihood of sand or gravel being traipsed in underfoot – these act like sandpaper to scour the floor. A daily sweep and regular mop will generally reduce the likelihood of scratches appearing.
Travertine is a cousin of marble and so has become a trendy choice for kitchens. Travertine is more resistant to acid staining than marble, however, it will be affected if acids are left for long periods. Travertine has a limited range of colors (creamy ivory to gold and brown), however, it does add a lot of class, especially to kitchens that are not overly busy. Travertine floor tiles should be sealed if used in kitchens to provide a water resistant barrier, however, this can make the tile a little slippery compared to other natural stone tiles.
The best tile for your kitchen floor will depend largely on the environment and the amount of traffic it receives. Talk to one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt. We can help you assess your needs then show you a range of tiles that are best suited to your needs.