Ceramic tile is pretty standard for kitchens, especially ones with a vintage overall style. We like it because it's made with inorganic materials like clay, which makes it less vulnerable to damage caused by exposure to moisture. It's also versatile, but is it right for all kitchens? We've noticed that the pros outnumber the cons, but you do want to weigh your options before you make a final choice.
Pros of Ceramic Tile For Kitchen
It's unlikely to harbor germs and is easy to clean.
Ceramic is actually one of the easiest flooring materials to keep clean with a vacuum, mop and bucket. Unlike flooring made with organic materials like wood, it won't curl or warp if exposed to excessive moisture. When properly installed, ceramic tiles won't have any spaces for dirt and debris to fall into and give germs a place to hide and grow. If the ceramic gets stained, you can use a heavy-duty cleaner without worrying about damaging the ceramic.
It can come in a wide variety of styles.
A ceramic floor doesn't need to be boring. If you aren't finding a style you like at your local home improvement store, you may be able to find something you like online because ceramic tiles tend to be more versatile when it comes to style than wood or laminate. Can it be customized? Possibly. You can certainly find customizable decorative ceramic tiles online, but it may or may not be suitable for a kitchen floor. At the very least, if you find an option you like but you think the color is too dark or too light, you might be able to ask the employees of the home improvement store if they have something in a different color.
It's one of the most durable flooring materials.
Archaeologists have found ceramic tile at sites like Pompeii that were still intact and looked pretty good after 2,000 years. That's how durable ceramic can be.
It doesn't collect allergens.
Allergens that land on a ceramic floor don't land in a place where they can avoid a vacuum cleaner or mop. That makes them easier to sweep up on a regular basis.
The price range is attractive.
Depending on the quality of the ceramic and what it's made of, the price can range from 5 to 10 dollars per square foot, making it cheaper than some other options.
Get glazed ceramic if you can.
Glazed ceramic has a special coating that makes them more resistant to liquid spills, stains and normal wear and tear. They're also more resistant to high humidity environments, which is a major reason that glazed ceramic tile floors are popular in kitchens and bathrooms.
Cons of Ceramic Tile Floors in Kitchen
Ceramic is hard.
Ceramic has a tendency to be hard on legs and feet if it's going into a room where people stand for long periods of time. Expect meals that do not take very long to prepare if you are going to install this in the kitchen. The hardness can especially become a problem if somebody doesn't see a spill right away and slips on it. Padded underlayments will not help, but a few rugs can help to offset this.
It can be difficult to install.
Ceramic requires special tools to install and can be difficult to work with. Installation is usually done by contractors for this reason, which can eat into the money you saved by choosing ceramic. Ceramic is also heavy, so it may not do well if installed above the first floor of a multi-story building. If you intend to install ceramic tile above the ground floor of your home, have a contractor check the integrity of the structure that will have to hold it up.
It gets cold, especially in the winter.
Ceramic is not very good at retaining heat, so it can be a bit of a shock if you are walking on it with cold feet. On the flip side, it doesn't get overly hot during the summer, especially if you run the air conditioning.
Can ceramic tile work for your kitchen floor? We like it as something that's easy to clean, can be unique, is durable enough to be installed in high-traffic or high-humidity areas in the home, and doesn't cost a bundle to buy and install. The thing to remember about ceramic tile is that you don't need to settle for something that almost works. There's a wide variety of options out there, so we like to keep up with the latest designs available from several manufacturers and sellers.