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How To Choose Tile Flooring For Your Kitchen

kitchen with ceramic tile floorUpdating your kitchen is one of the most rewarding home improvement projects. It can improve your quality of life and increase your home’s resale value. But, when it comes to design, choosing the right colors and textures while staying in budget can be quite a challenge.  If you can hire a designer to help you through the process, you’re in good shape. But for the rest of us, it’s crucial to proceed with caution and avoid making costly design mistakes.

If you’ve decided to go with a tile floor for your kitchen, here are some tips for choosing the right material:

Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic tile is best known for it’s durability. In fact, tiles exist in Pompeii that are still pristine after 2,000 years. However, they are vulnerable to chips and cracks from impact.
  • This kind of tile is a smart choice for kitchens because it’s completely moisture resistant, won’t harbor germs, and it’s easy to clean.
  • There are virtually limitless color, style, and pattern options in ceramic tiles, from traditional stone looks to bold, expressive colors. One can easily create a retro or contemporary design.
  • Ceramic tiles are an environmentally friendly material, made from only clay, water and fire.
  • Tiles can vary in size and color in production runs, so make sure the caliber number (size) and lot number (color) are consistent throughout your order.
  • While installation can be done on your own, professional help is strongly recommended, especially if your kitchen floor is anything other than a perfect, uninterrupted square. Our installation experts can help you with corners and rounded edges.
  • Ceramic tiles can range from $2-$10 per square foot.

Vinyl Tile

  • Vinyl tile is easy on the eyes and on the budget, ranging from $1-$5 per square foot. However, it will not add quite as much value to your home as ceramic tile would.
  • This type of tile can be manufactured in a wide variety of sizes (12×12 being the most common) styles and patterns. Our options in Luxury Vinyl Tile very closely mimic the look of wood, stone, or ceramic tile at a fraction of the price.
  • Vinyl tile can generally be installed over an existing floor, requiring less demolition. It’s easy to install on your own, and easy to replace. Because these tiles can snap together to create a floating surface, vinyl is a good choice for a floor that may move or crack.
  • It is less resistant to moisture than ceramic tile, but still offers a resilient floor well-suited for your kitchen. It may not stand up to gouging and impact as well as ceramic tile, but thicker vinyl is available for high-traffic areas.
  • Vinyl is simple to maintain, only requiring a bit of sweeping and periodic mopping.

Design Considerations

When you’re looking at all the colors and design inspirations for your kitchen, think about how the tiles will complement other parts of your decor. Brighter tiles will lighten up a kitchen with dark cabinets and countertops, and vice-versa, darker tiles will bring elegance and practicality to a bright, white kitchen. This tonal contrast can make the space seem larger. And if it’s an illusion of spaciousness you’re going for, large tiles are the way to go.

A tile floor can have a major impact on your kitchen design. To help you choose your tiles wisely, make sure to bring any samples you have of your cabinetry, countertops, and other elements of your kitchen design with you when you shop.

Professional advice is extremely helpful when you’re trying to create a specific look, and our staff is here to help you! Drop by Carpet USA today to see the variety of tiles we have in stock and available for order.