Your kitchen floor deals with a lot. The occasional dropped pot, a slip here and a spill there, and judicious scrub-downs. And let’s not forget about the daily wear and tear of foot traffic through the busiest room of the house!
With everything that’s going on in your kitchen, you need a flooring solution that’s durable and easy to care for, and doesn’t sacrifice quality or visual appeal. You need a floor that will stand the test of time and look great all the while.
Versatile, Beautiful Tile Floors
For durability and versatility, tile is an excellent choice. Tile’s natural water and stain resistance make it ideal as a high-performance kitchen textile. Plus, most tiles are low maintenance and super sturdy, giving them long life and making them an excellent investment for any homeowner’s kitchen improvement project.
When it comes to kitchen tile, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. No matter what your style is, there’s sure to be a color, shape, texture, or pattern that suits your vision. The choices are virtually endless and easily customizable for any space. Whether you prefer high-gloss or matte finish, subtle, or eye-catching – wherever your imagination goes, you can have it.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best and most popular tile options for the discerning homeowner. So let’s jump in!
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are both excellent choices for a kitchen floor. If your space sees heavy daily use, as most kitchens do, porcelain or ceramic might be just the ticket. Both are made out of clay and then fired in a kiln to harden them. The biggest difference between ceramic and porcelain is the purity of the clay and the temperature at which the tiles are fired.
Porcelain is made of refined, super-heated clay, giving it unparalleled hardness, durability, and beauty. These qualities make them highly sought-after – as well as expensive.
Ceramic is the more affordable cousin of porcelain. Still, the two are so strikingly similar that most people find it hard to tell them apart. Fortunately, ceramic tile shares the superb durability, versatility, and customizability of porcelain, so it’s a good option if you’re looking to save a few bucks.
Both types of tiles are extremely dense, making them resistant to water damage and staining. They’re easy to maintain, and a simple grout will keep them sealed for years to come. Not only that, but both come in a rainbow of colors and patterns, making them the popular choice for homeowners everywhere.
Natural stone tiles are made from slate, marble, travertine, granite, and limestone and bring beauty and elegance to any kitchen space. Some, like slate and limestone, have a rougher, more industrial look, while delicately-veined stones like travertine, marble, and granite are elegant and polished.
While glamorous, stone tiles need extra love to keep them looking beautiful. They are more porous than their clay counterparts and need to be resealed periodically to help them retain their water and stain resistance.
If you want to express yourself with your tiles, why not check out ceramic tiles that mimic wood flooring, or hand-painted cement that reflects your home’s personality? For an eye-popping touch, try a color-contrasting grout. White tiles with dark grout, or vice versa, is a modern favorite!
Tile runs the gamut in terms of selection, and their prices also vary considerably and can cost anywhere from $2 to $100 per square foot. When picking out your tile, consider the amount of space that needs covering and how much you’re willing to spend to get the look you want.
Ceramic tiles are usually the most affordable, with an average price of around $2 – $3 per square foot. Porcelain tiles typically cost between $3 – $10 per square foot, although this can vary depending on the style.
Natural stone is easily the most expensive option, with an average price of about $5 – $10 per square foot. However, if you have a taste for the finer things in life, you might find yourself paying upwards of $25 per square foot for top-quality natural stone tiles.
Pro tip: Tiles are usually graded on a scale from one to three, with grade one being the purest finish and the highest quality. The better the quality, the more expensive the tile is likely to be.
When you’re ready to forge ahead with your new kitchen floor, reach out to Foley Companies today. Foley Companies is a family run business with four decades of experience transforming homes in Fairfax County and throughout Northern Virginia. We’re passionate about giving you a result that you’ll love for years to come. Connect with us today, and let’s started.