The Kitchen is a regularly used part of the home that sees its fair share of messes, spills and splashes.
Therefore it makes sense that your kitchen floor is easy to care for with anti-slip properties. And as many of us spend a lot of time in this area, it’s a good idea to choose a hardwearing flooring solution that will look good for years to come.
Porcelain and ceramic kitchen tile flooring is ideal for the kitchen. Both porcelain and ceramic are highly durable and with so many anti-slip and stain resistant finishes to choose from.
Both porcelain and ceramic floor tiles can provide a durable, attractive and low maintenance flooring solution for your kitchen.
Porcelain and ceramic are made from clay and fired at high temperatures, but porcelain is more refined and dense making it the most durable, impervious to moisture and stain resistant out of the two, which is ideal for high traffic kitchen spaces where stains are likely.
Your kitchen is a working space that is heavily used so ultimately requires a heavy duty floor to go with it. And porcelain is just perfect for the job.
Porcelain, like ceramic is made from clay and fired at high temperatures, but porcelain has more sand and refined materials added before being fired at even higher temperatures resulting in a denser and more durable tile.
This density makes it much harder for any moisture to penetrate so porcelain tiles are more resistant to staining and damage in general.
Porcelain tiles come unglazed or glazed in a wide variety of colours and finishes.
To reduce the risk of slipping on your tiled floor, shop for a specific ‘non-slip’ tile, such as an anti-slip R rating designed for use in areas prone to spills, muddy footprints and moisture.
Ceramic tiles are made from clay and fired at high temperatures resulting in a dense and hard wearing material which is ideal for high traffic areas.
The density of the tile helps to prevent absorption of liquids and therefore staining, but for enhanced protection from staining, a few ceramic tiles have a thin glass shiny finish applied to the surface during the manufacturing process.
Both ceramic and porcelain are durable and suitable options for heavy traffic areas such as the kitchen floor.
Porcelain has a slightly denser composition, which makes it even more durable and stain resistant.
The cost of tile flooring varies depending on the material and quality of the tile. Porcelain tile flooring usually costs around £20/m² and stone can cost up to and around £30/m².
Supply at fit costs approximately £20-£30/m² for kitchen floors.
A small kitchen can be made to appear more spacious and open with a larger tile applied to the floor. Although, if the tile is too large, over 18-24 inches, it may look odd and out of place on a small floor space. Smaller tiles tend to make an area look smaller and could potentially give your small kitchen a cluttered look.
There is so much to choose from when selecting a floor for your kitchen. You can go for light, dark, bold or bright colours or even patterned finishes.
It all comes down to personal preference but here are a few things to consider before deciding on your colour.
If you have a smaller space to work with, then light coloured flooring can work to brighten the look of the room and make it appear more open and spacious.
If you want a warm and cosy feeling in your kitchen then reds and browns give a good sense of this.
Dark floors are beneficial for large and spacious areas that may appear stark and cold with a light floor.
If your kitchen fittings are traditional, then beige and natural toned flooring will complement this style.