When choosing a floor for your kitchen, it’s important to take into account the amount of traffic the room receives. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in many Vancouver, BC homes. It’s also an area where food and liquid spills are common. For these reasons and others, you likely want to choose a flooring material that is strong, durable, and can withstand daily wear and tear. That’s why many homeowners opt for tile flooring in their kitchens.
Tile is a very appealing flooring material for many areas of the home, including the kitchen. It’s durable, easy to clean, and comes in a wide variety of styles. Many tile materials are stain and moisture resistant, as well as resistant to mold and mildew growth. These qualities are very appealing in a room where, in addition to heavy foot traffic, the floors are regularly exposed to food and water.
Strength & Durability
One of tile’s most appealing features is its strength and durability. It can stand up to daily wear and tear and heavy foot traffic without breaking down or showing signs of damage. Three of the most popular tile materials are ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone. Ceramic is made from natural materials, like clay, minerals, and water that are fired in a kiln at high temperatures to solidify. Porcelain is another version of ceramic, but is fired at even higher temperatures and under greater pressure to give it increased density and strength. Natural stone tiles are also durable, as they are made from different species of rocks. However, some species are more durable than others and have different hardness levels.
Another great thing about using tile in your kitchen is all the styles there are to choose from. Porcelain and ceramic can come in almost any color you could want, as well as different levels of gloss to either create a matte or shiny finish. Natural stone tiles bring the beauty of nature into your home with their distinctive appearances. Some of the most popular types of stone tiles are granite, marble, and travertine, each with its own unique aesthetic qualities.
Considering all the appealing visual and practical benefits of tile, it’s no wonder many Vancouver homeowners choose to install it in their kitchens. If you’re looking for new tile flooring or would like to know more about other flooring options, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Northshore today. We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler areas!
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