Ceramic tile floor in dakota county kitchenWhen it comes to kitchen floors, homeowners in the greater Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Eagan areas often turn to tile. Tile works exceedingly well thanks to its durability and water resistant qualities. Read on as our experts at Floor Coverings International Dakota County discuss everything you need to know about tile floors for kitchens.

Materials

One of the things we love the most about tile floors is the wide range of materials to choose from. Tile can be divided into three main categories: ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone. Overall, these materials are highly suitable for kitchens thanks to their durability and ability to resist moisture and stains.

Porcelain often ranks as the most durable thanks to its non-porous surface and high-density construction. It can be difficult to install and requires special tools and skills, which makes installation a job for a professional.

Closely related to porcelain is ceramic tile, which is made from a slightly less dense clay that is glazed and fired. While more porous that porcelain, ceramic tile is still highly resistant to moisture and stains. It is also easier to install, making it a more affordable yet equally versatile flooring option.

Natural stone tile comes in a wide range of uniquely beautiful colors and textures, and can be made from materials such as granite, marble, slate, and travertine. Natural stone tile can be polished to shine, or left with a more natural surface, and should be treated with a proper sealant to protect the material from water and stains.

Design

When designing your kitchen, you will undoubtedly find inspiration with the wide array of tile options available today. Tile can be cut and shaped in many different sizes, allowing you to play with different single-, two-, and three-size tile patterns, such as subway, hopscotch, and the luxurious Versailles patterns. In addition to the range of materials, you have an even wider range of colors to choose from to create a truly unique kitchen.

Care

With most tile floors, maintenance is simple, and requires a regular sweeping and mopping to keep your floors looking their best. For any type of tile, be sure to avoid using harsh or abrasive products when cleaning. The biggest drawback homeowners find with tile floor maintenance is cleaning grout, however incorporating a grout sealer into your regular routine will help protect your floors and keep them looking new.

When you’re ready to start your kitchen tiling project, get in touch with your local professionals at Floor Coverings International Dakota County. We offer free, in-home design consultations to help you find the perfect flooring for your needs!

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