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Tile Flooring for Kitchen: Pros and Cons


Tile Flooring for Kitchen: Pros and Cons

As a practical flooring material, tile is an excellent choice for almost any room of the home, especially in the kitchen. With a beautiful look and easy-cleaning style, tile flooring adds value to the home. A wide range of colors, styles and types of tile flooring are available, and there are pros and cons to each that homeowners should consider before making final decisions about adding tile to the kitchen.

Functional Appeal
The appeal of tile flooring is timeless, and the homeowner can choose from a variety of styles for a rustic or contemporary look. The versatility of this flooring material means there are options to match any decor style in the home and create a space that is both beautiful and practical. The variety of sizes in which floor tiles are available make it adaptable to large or small spaces and easily customized to fit unusual areas or oddly shaped rooms.

Preventing Damage
Tile can be a fragile material, and breaking or cracking it is possible if it is not properly supported or subjected to heavy blows. Tile should be installed with a solid substrate and backerboard or an uncoupling membrane to ensure that it can hold up to the weight of appliances and heavy foot traffic. The homeowner should avoid dropping pots or other heavy items on the tile flooring surface.

Slip Hazards
Tile can also be very slippery, especially when it is wet. Luckily for homeowners, tile is rated for slip resistance, and choosing a tile that will not become a hazard when it is wet is a wise option. Although non-slip tile is not as critical in kitchens as it is in bathrooms, it is important to choose tile that is safe in any areas of the home where water is present.

Maintenance Needs
Tile and grout require maintenance, and depending on the type of tile and grout that is used, the homeowner should plan on sealing the floor’s surface annually. Some types of stone or porcelain may not require sealing, and paired with epoxy grout, maintenance needs can be greatly reduced. Although the costs of these materials are higher, it is a tradeoff for ease of maintenance.

Cold or Warm
Although tile flooring feels cold, it is also an excellent type of flooring to install over a radiant heating system. This gives homeowners the option of warming tile floors in the winter for warm feet and a cozy home. Although embedding hot water pipes or electric cable under the tile is a practical and functional way to heat a home, tile has no ability to insulate the floors, so it will feel cold unless the radiant heating system is actively in use.

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