Tips for Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Tiles

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The kitchen is one room in your house that you are able to decorate with different types of tiles. Using different types of kitchen tiles can enhance your kitchen in an amazing way. You need to remember a few points like; a glossy tile that goes on the wall will not be the same as a flooring tile and flooring tiles need to be safe to walk on. A glossy tile underfoot would be unsafe. Below are a few tips to help you choose the right type of tile for your kitchen.

Before you even select tiles for your kitchen you need to find out what surface the tile will be applied to. Tiles can be placed as a backsplash behind a cooker or on a wall that is underneath the upper cabinets. Tiles are also a popular material when used as a countertop and they can also be used on the floor.

Once you know where your kitchen tiles are going to be applied you will then need to decide on the material you would like the tiles to be made from. Quarry, stone, vinyl, cork, ceramic, glass, bamboo and porcelain tiles are all options available to you. Cork, bamboo and vinyl tiles are commonly used for flooring purposes and ceramic, porcelain and quarry tiles can be used for countertops and as well as floors. Glass tiles are usually only used for walls and backsplashes.

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing kitchen tiles is your budget. Vinyl and linoleum tiles tend to be less expensive whereas custom designed ceramic tiles will cost you a lot more. You should definitely do your homework before making a commitment to a tile and try to envision what the finished tiling will look like. The tile shop where you purchase your kitchen tiles should be able to help you estimate the amount of tiles you will need for your kitchen.

You will also need to take into consideration the durability of the tiles you purchase. Kitchen tiles are generally quite resistant but they will still require looking after and the longevity of each tile material is different. For countertops ceramic is recommended as it is durable and will hold up to heat from hot pots and is also easy to maintain and clean. Remember that a ceramic tile surface can be uneven and they can also crack and chip quite easily. You will need to take your family’s lifestyle into consideration when choosing a tile finish.

When it comes to choosing a floor tile for your kitchen it will need to be durable to withstand heavy footfall, pets, spilled foods and also cleaning materials. Ensure that the tile you purchase for your kitchen floor is called a “floor tile”. If you mistakenly choose a wall tile instead of a floor tile for your floor it will be too slippery to walk on. Choose a floor tile that has a slight raised pattern or texture on it as this will allow for a safer kitchen floor. If you want a refined and elegant look then you should go for a quarry tile. Quarry tile is more expensive than traditional ceramic tiles but looks amazing when it is applied in the correct way.

There are a variety of tiles available to fit your taste and budget.Consider the above tips when you are choosing your kitchen tiles and you should be able to turn your kitchen into the room you have always dreamed of.

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