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Tips on How to Choose Kitchen Floor Tiles

Feb 27, 2008
When it comes to flooring your kitchen, making sure you buy the correct type is very important. First of all, there's a lot more to buying kitchen floors that just how they look. There is also the cost and practicality. You will need to explore all the different options and choose one which looks good, can withstand water and people plus is affordable.

When it comes to kitchen flooring, tiles are amongst the best choice you can make. However in saying that there are different types of floor tile and they are not all created equal. Tiles which are unglazed are much more difficult to keep clean than glazed tiles. Because our lives are packed with so many chores the last thing you want to do is worry over keeping your floor tiles clean.

If you see a wall tile that you really love and think it would look really nice on the floor, whatever you do, resist this urge. Wall tiles are designed for walls; they are light and not thick enough to withstand people walking all over it. Only ever install floor tiles on your floor. They are much thinker and sturdier.

You might think that ceramic floor tiles are a bit cold looking or slippery. Your alternative here then is stone or terracotta. These have a much more natural and homely look compared to ceramic. However the downside is that they are naturally porous and are not perfectly flat so tend to attract dirt more easily. In order to protect your stone or terracotta tiles is to use a sealant or in some cases a wax. This will help keep them in the condition you bought them and reduce your need for constant cleaning.

An item that must also be considered when laying tiles on your kitchen floor is grout. Although buying a dark grout can show up the dirt less, it might look ugly if you choose a light colored tile. By using an epoxy grout you'll be able to protect against stains and marks, when cleaning you should only use a grout cleaner.

If you are not keen on kitchen tiles then other options available to you are vinyl, linoleum, rubber and even concrete. Just think about how you use your kitchen and the style of your home. If you have a very traditional house then selecting terracotta or ceramic might look best whilst modern homes can get away with experimenting a lot more with flooring choices.
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April Kerr often writes articles for home and garden site which also has articles relating to types of ceramic floor tiles and sealling limestone tiles.
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