For kitchen flooring the choice of ceramic is natural. They are water resistant, durable, and hard and easily glance of stains and of course they are immensely beautiful to look at. When you look through the variety and design available you will have more kitchen tiling ideas sprouting in your mind. However kitchen tile comes in three material type’s namely stone, ceramic and porcelain and each of them according to choice could be priced at $2 to $100 per sqft.
Now let us look at the floor choices
Choice of porcelain and ceramic is very identical as they are made from the mixture of clay and fired in kilns at high temperatures, to produce hard and durable tiles. These can be obtained either in glazed or unglazed form. this is the only uniform character they both have in common as there are many differences that make them stand apart from each other.
Regular ceramic tile
It is clearly distinguished from ceramic as it is called non-porcelain. The material is softer than porcelain and is glazed to produce any kind of look and colors. It is also easy to cut because it is softer. Incidentally the tiles are more porous than porcelain, but the glazing of its surface makes them resistant to kitchen backsplashes and spills. They are cheaper alternatives to costly natural stones but can equally serve a long time in your kitchen. Tiling companies London would recommend the material most for kitchens.
In porcelain the clay mixture is added with sand and is heated and then pressed to yield tiles that are harder than ceramic and denser but less porous. If you have high traffic area to floor, then porcelain would be a good choice, and the kitchen can certainly use it. Porcelain is also preferred for bathroom surfaces and it is tougher enough to withstand extreme weather and heat of outdoors. A glass like coating is applied on the glazed porcelain tile during firing to produce colors. If the tile is unglazed then the color is added to the clay mixture. On unglazed porcelain tiles no scratch or wear is easily visible. Compared to ceramic, porcelain is difficult to install as it would require professional skills and special tools to do it.
Natural stone tiles
Stone tiles are made from natural materials likemarble, travertine, granite,limestone and slate. Most of these stones are porous hence need to be polished and refined to fit in to floor schemes. These tiles once installed will need refinishing and stone sealing every 2 or 3 years. These are vibrant choices but can be costlier for lower economy.