Flooring options for your kitchen- porcelain tile and cork

Flooring for your kitchen does not have to be restricted to hardwood and vinyl as discussed in the last article. You have many other options. This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using tiling and cork in your kitchen.

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are one of the toughest flooring options available in the market. They give you the look of stone in your kitchen and are a sort of premium version of ceramic tiles. They are more durable than ceramic tiling and are, in fact, one of the most durable and stain resistant flooring options you can find. If you have a kitchen where you get constant spilling and messes, porcelain tile will keep its look despite them. It is also great for outdoor kitchens as it is very resistant to the elements.

You can use it in barbecue areas in the yard. Porcelain tile is available in glazed and unglazed forms, so unglazed tiling with their natural earth tones will be perfect for the yard. Glazed tiling is available in a wide range of colors so you should be able to find one that matches the color scheme of your kitchen. You can even have it look like real stone without having to pay the prices of real stone. They are also very slip resistant and are good for homes for the elderly. Make sure that the brand you choose is certified as such before you purchase.

Cork

Cork is another slip resistant flooring material for the kitchen that can be used in homes for the elderly. They are also softer than tile and wood, which makes them perfect for people with weak joints. It is a very environmentally friendly option as it is made from tree bark that grows back and is harvested only once every ten years. This makes it a sustainable material. Cork is also waterproof and can be compressed due to the ways the cells are structured inside it.

They usually come in tiles or planks depending on the look you want. They have a grain pattern that consists of speckles and swirls and the natural texture makes them a pleasure to walk on as well. However, they are not very durable and the floor will need to be resealed every four years to prevent scratches and moisture from building up in the spaces between the tiles. This sealing is usually done using natural wax. Water based polyurethane is also used sometimes.

Explore all your options with help from a contractor before making a decision about your kitchen flooring.

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