Kitchen Floor Tiles

 

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

One of the most common areas everyone wants to tile is a Kitchen. Carpet, Laminate, Wood, Vinyl, and Linoleum all seem to go out the door and everyone wants to have ceramic or porcelain tile floors. It is easy to see why with laminate and wood when the warranties that you get with them are sometimes voided when you put them in the kitchen to begin with. Carpet is a bear to try and keep clean when you cook with grease and oil. Vinyl, and linoleum are easy to keep up but they wear faster than a ceramic or porcelain tile.

 

Maltese Porto Cream

Maltese Porto Cream

Now if you are doing your whole house keep the tile the same in the kitchen as you are everywhere else. If you want to accent your kitchen from the rest of your home look at your backsplash or add in a decorative piece or two. Try not to switch tile sizes or tiles in your kitchen because you think the area is too small or because a different tile looks better in one room. Let your house flow from one room to the next if you are doing it all at once.

When you are looking at tile for your kitchen if you are doing it separately from the whole house I would suggest trying to pick the going with a slightly darker grout color after you have picked out your tile. Mostly because you are constantly going to the kitchen and a slightly darker grout color will make it easier to maintain than a lighter color.

 

Should You Go With Tile?

 

Grandeur Rich Honey

Grandeur Rich Honey

When looking at remodeling or buying a home we all wonder what should be installed in the floor. Sometimes what comes standard in a home is not what you want. Or with remodeling you are tired with what is down, or it is in need to be replaced. With carpet, laminate, vinyl, wood, parquet floors, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, and granite. The combinations and choices are endless. And we haven’t even looked at decorative pieces, medallions, or accents, or paint, or even new furniture.

 

For myself living in a desert that has windy days I prefer to go with tile. Tile is much easier to clean when dealing with all the dust being blown around. Another benefit is my pets cannot pee  and leave that awful smell as they do with carpet. The finishes on woods, laminates, and parquet floors always seem to get scratched from my pets nails, and little kids dragging their feet. While I have seen nice vinyls around all of them seem to be priced right around what I can buy ceramic or porcelain tiles for. Installation costs seem to run the same, so since tile can last longer than vinyl with so much wear and tear I end up with tile floors.

Fontana Terrina Clay

Fontana Terrina Clay

With tile I can choose different looks, colors and sizes. I can have a low maintenance floor that is easy to maintain and keep clean. I don’t have to worry about people spilling and staining anything. I can keep my floor and never have to worry about replacing it because of wear and tear. I can have a classy, elegant looking floor that is timeless, and beautiful.

Color Body and Through Body Tiles

Topeka Biscuit

Topeka Biscuit

As you look around for your next tile project you might want to read this to help you pick out the tile of your choice before you begin. One of the few things you can look at when you compare price is what kind of tile are you getting. Is it a porcelain tile or is it a ceramic.

Most tile you see when you are looking at tile has a glaze and a finish that while is hard and durable can be chipped. Not easily but it can be done. Once that happens it is time to take out a spare tile and replace it. But if you want to make it so that  chipped tile does not stand out while you are waiting to put in your new fresh tile to look at Color Body and Through Body Tiles.

 

Berkshire Oak

Berkshire Oak (Color Body)

A Color body weather in porcelain, or in ceramic, means that while you pay a few cents more a square foot you are also buying a little bit more peace of mind, after you get the tile installed. Color Body means in the tile industry that the factory while they were making the tile put some of the same pigments in the glaze through out the body of the tile. This little bit of thought that the factory does make the tile a little bit more expensive but should you chip the tile, the body of the tile you see will be closer in color to the tile. So instead of seeing a white, bone, or terracotta color, you will see something closer to what the glaze is on top of the tile.

 

Urbanite Gild

Urbanite Gild (Through Body)

The Elite of tile in the tile industry is though the Through Body Tiles. Through Body Tiles takes what the color body is and goes one step further. A Through Body Tile will have the same Color all the way through the tile. Meaning that color and the actual design is throughout the tile. So even when you chip a tile well you don’t really need to replace it right away because it will look just as good as the day before you broke it. In fact unless you noticed the chip while you were sweeping it might take you a few days to even notice that you have a chip in your tile.