The kitchen is generally the room in the house that endures the most traffic, which means that kitchen flooring needs to be durable, long-lasting and affordable. A favorite flooring choice is tile. Tile flooring options are available in a number of materials and at all price points.
Porcelain tile is favored for a number of reasons. It is reasonably priced, comes in a wide variety of colors and is extremely hard.
Like brick, quarry tile is manufactured from clay or shale. It is a tough, durable and long-lasting flooring choice.
Terracotta tiles are made of clay, and each piece picks up the clay color from which it was formed. Some terracotta is more brown or orange than others, depending upon the chemical makeup of the clay.
Terrazzo tiles are made by mixing marble or chips of granite in an epoxy and forming them into tiles. Properly finished, terrazzo floors have a long, durable life.
Granite tiles are relatively expensive but give a floor depth and make them visually interesting. It is each slab of granite's one-of-a-kind look that makes it so popular.
Cut from slabs and made into tiles, marble is normally used in low-traffic areas due to its slippery nature when polished. You should use unpolished marble in high-traffic areas.
Many "stone" tiles are actually a stone aggregate that has been suspended in polymers. While they look like actual stone, they cost less than the real thing.
Saltillo tiles are also referred to as "Mexican tiles." Because they're sun-baked to hardness, Saltillo tiles are quite porous and are not especially durable. They're available in red, yellow and orange.
Cement tiles are durable, will last for decades and can be tinted any shade you would like. They can also be covered with a high-gloss finish that is relatively easy to maintain.
While most brick tiles are used in outdoor areas like patios and walkways, they're also appropriate in kitchens with a rustic feel.
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