How to Choose Kitchen Tile Right
To enhance beautifully your kitchen you can use several types of tiles. But when choosing tiles you should consider what type of the tile it is better to use in this or that situation. When choosing kitchen tile, first of all determine where it will be installed and what surface it will be applied.
Tile is very popular as a countertop material. It can be placed on a wall under upper cabinets or used as a backsplash behind your stove. Today it is often used as a material for the kitchen floor. After you have decided where you will install the tile, determine your budget.
Vinyl and linoleum tiles are the cheapest. In turn, custom-made ceramic tile is the most expensive. The most common materials used for the kitchen tile are stone, ceramic, quarry, bamboo, glass, porcelain and vinyl. Bamboo and vinyl are mostly used in flooring, as well as cork. The other materials can be used both for flooring and countertops except for glass tile which is mostly used for backsplashes and walls.
The next step is to take into account your household's lifestyle. Ceramic tile is the best choice for the countertops, because of its durability and ability to hold heat from your pans. Moreover, ceramic tile is easy to maintain. On the other hand, it easily cracks. That is why you have to decide whether it matches your lifestyle or not. May be you need something more resistant to cracking.
As for the flooring tile, it must be safe. That is why it is better to avoid using glossy tile which goes on walls. Choose the floor tile which will be able to withstand habits of your family. It must be durable enough to withstand spilled foods, heavy traffic, cleaning supplies and pets.
Make sure the tile chosen by you is not slippery. It is better to choose the floor tile with raised pattern. If your kitchen is small, choose small floor tiles (for example, 30x30 centimeters). Larger and 'multi-format' tiles look best in the kitchen having a lot of space. And finally, don't forget about hygiene. Choose grouts having antibacterial additives for food preparation areas.