Stone is a natural flooring option. This does not mean it is completely Eco-friendly as the manufacturing process may have a carbon footprint. No product that is mass produced is truly green or completely Eco-friendly. Handcrafted cement tiles have a much less adverse impact on the environment but the use of sealants and some materials that are used in a few variants are not entirely green. You can consider stone kitchen tiles but only if you choose the right kind.
Stone kitchen tiles are basically pieces of naturally occurring stones put together in the shape of tiles of varying sizes. Common and popular types of stone used for flooring, countertops and back-splashes are granite, travertine, slate, sandstone, onyx and marble. There are many other stones including quartz. Stone tiles can be thin or thick, they can be small or large and they can come in certain patterns. Natural stone has a certain degree of grandeur that no other material can claim. The only exception is hardwood whose natural grain has no equal. Stone kitchen tiles look amazing but they are not always appropriate.
Granite is one of the most popular options when it comes to counter-tops in kitchens. You cannot go wrong with a granite counter-top. If you find the cost of a granite slab too expensive then you can always go for smaller granite tiles and have them installed properly to top the counter. Both slabs and smaller tiles can be equally durable if installed well. Marble is not an ideal candidate for the counter-top but it can always be used for kitchen floors and back-splashes. You should try to avoid stones for back-splashes because they are heavy. Also, stones require some additional maintenance. Back-splashes can get stained and dirty. A simple wipe may not clean the surface of stone tiles.
The shortcomings of stone predominantly stem from the exposure of the material to pigments, acids, oils and water. Stone floors must be sealed. They should be polished too. Resealing is also necessary. Usually, most stones require resealing once in ten years. Stone tiles can get damaged if they are not treated well and if you are not proactive with your cleaning & maintenance. Given the fact that stone kitchen tiles are more expensive than ceramic or even porcelain, you would do the math and assess its benefits. If you can afford stone, then it is a nice option. Else, there are alternatives.
Decorating or renovating your kitchen can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Especially if you don’t know which types of kitchen tiles to use, your project could go from complicated to impossible. Although there are lots of options and plenty of considerations to make, tiling your home doesn’t have to be a difficult task when you have some guidelines. Continue reading “Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Tile”
Not many people consider ceramic, vitrified or rectified tiles for their kitchen walls. Backsplashes have some unique demands and hence glass tile has become a widespread choice. Porcelain is a suitable material for backsplashes or dados but glass tile adds a distinct attribute that brightens up the kitchen in more than a literal sense. Glass kitchen wall tiles have some advantages and there are a few disadvantages. You ought to be familiar with the pros and cons to make an informed decision. Continue reading “The Most Popular Type of Kitchen Wall Tiles”
It is not hard to spot the physical or cosmetic difference between ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles. Ceramic tiles look much more natural and earthy than vitrified tiles. The appearance of vitrified tiles, regardless of the finish or any specific treatment of a manufacturer, is a tad artificial or synthetic. That may or may not be a concern depending on your personal preference. There are many differences between the two popular types of kitchen tiles if you delve into their attributes. Before you embark on such a comprehensive analysis, you should be familiar with the basic difference. Continue reading “The Basic Difference between Ceramic and Vitrified Kitchen Tiles”
The installation and maintenance of kitchen tiles depend on the material. How frequently you need to clean the tile, how you should clean it and the general aesthetic deterioration over time will also be determined by the material you choose. The finish, texture, pattern and other elements will come into play as some designs make kitchen tiles look reasonably pleasant even when they are quite dirty. Some patterns help to conceal stains. This is a double edged sword actually. You may not know the extent of deterioration if you cannot easily spot the stains. But if the kitchen tiles are with no distinct pattern or have a colour that makes the stains more pronounced, then you would need a more frequent cleaning and maintenance schedule. Continue reading “Installation and Maintenance of Kitchen Tiles”
You cannot choose kitchen tiles using the same set of parameters that you would rely on for floor tiles in the living room, bedroom, study or home office among other areas. Kitchens have a specific type of environment, quite distinct from other parts of a house. Hence, you have to imperatively consider the challenges that the kitchen tiles will have to endure and overcome. Continue reading “Why is Ceramic the Most Popular Type of Kitchen Tiles”
Comparing the pros and cons of different types of kitchen tiles is simpler than choosing its colour. Every material you can opt for has certain strengths and weaknesses. You pit one set of attributes against another and you can make an informed opinion. Such an approach does not work when it comes to colour. First, kitchen tiles come in a myriad of colour. They can be monochromatic or there may be a mishmash of colour. Every common colour has at least three to four popular shades. When you factor in the aspect of design or the patterns on your kitchen tiles, the quest becomes all the more complicated. However, there is a way to simplify the process of choosing the perfect colour for your kitchen tiles. Continue reading “Choosing the Perfect Colour for your Kitchen Tiles”