Kitchen Tile Flooring – Useful Tips
Modern homes are mostly fitted with tiled floors, which making cleaning and maintenance a breeze. Choosing the right kind of floor tiles is rather a complicated task because of the number of varieties available. The main kinds are pressed tiles and extruded (stone) tiles.
Type of Kitchen Tile
Kitchen tile flooring is usually chosen from pressed tile varieties, which are suitable for domestic use. Pressed tiles are very common and are divided into mono-cottura and bi-cottura types:
Mono-cottura tiles are fired at very high temperatures; as a result the base is much stronger. These tiles have higher impact resistance but this does not affect how long the glaze will last.
Bi-cottura tiles are a lot finer and consist of a far more decorative glaze.
Fully vitrified or porcelain ones are yet another variety of the pressed style, which is characterized by great durability. The good brands manufacture these ones that are almost non porous and you can usually find them in shopping malls. They will be very well suited for kitchen tile flooring purposes. Manufacturers will put a high glaze on the tiles to market them as high quality glazed tiles; however, the glaze can and will wear depending on use.
Extruded tiles are made from wet clay and then extruded into shape and fired. These tiles are best suited for the outside of the house to provide a rustic effect. They are also referred to as quarry tiles.
Stone tiles are of either slate, sandstone, granite or other stone …