You can have several different kinds of tiles in varied applications in the kitchen. That just makes the kitchen remodeling project more interesting. However, there are certain restrictions & considerations to ponder on when choosing the right tile. First order of business — determine where the tile is being installed. An obvious example would be glass tiles. These are often used as back splash & not for flooring due to the also very obvious reason of safety.
1) Location of tile being installed – Before you can even make your imaginations soar on your kitchen remodeling, know which surface first your tile will be applied. Tiles can be placed as a back splash behind your stove & counters or for the entire kitchen wall. It can also be used on the floor but more popularly on the counter tops ofcourse.
2) There are many types of tiles. First off, Google defines tiles as: “a thin rectangular slab of baked clay, concrete or other material, used in overlapping rows to cover roofs or cover something with tiles”. So in the kitchen world, there is: quarry, stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain & glass. Obviously vinyl, cork & bamboo are most commonly used for floors. Quarry, ceramic & porcelain can be used for counters & floors. While glass is for walls & back splash.
3) Create a budget you’re most comfortable with. Tiles can be considered extremes. Meaning it can either be very inexpensive or it may also be very costly like using custom-designed ones.
4) Considering your household’s lifestyle is 1 of the most important factors. However much resilient your kitchen tiles are, they would still require a great deal of time, effort & resources in maintaining the cleanliness, hygiene & longevity of the surfaces. It should withstand extreme heat or cold on counter top surfaces, the usual wear & tear on walls or floors, the heavy traffic in & out of your kitchen floors both by humans & animals & not to mention the countless spillage that’s going to occur on the surfaces. Make sure to choose the right kind of tile for your anticipated daily activities that’s going to ensure your tiles last a long time.
5) You can go all the way with your back splash since this part would not have to undergo heavy traffic. However, it still needs to pass the daily grind & test of hot oil splatters & hard-to-clean grease. So make sure the kind of tile you choose can equate to the frequency & type of cooking that’s going to happen in your kitchen.
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