23 Jun 2015

Do you know the difference between kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles?

Do you know the difference between kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles? Kitchens and bathrooms are the places where you will most likely find tiles on the floor and on the walls, more than any other type of flooring. Wood, cement, carpets or other options are also available, but let’s face it, none of them are better than a tile floor. Tile floors are easy to clean, resistant, durable - the exact features you would require from a flooring in a room where water is very present, as well as staining and spilling that can be very much the part of a daily routine in a busy household.

You may be tempted to think that any type of tile is suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms, walls or floors. This is not actually the case, so, in this article, we’ll show you what’s the difference between kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles.

For the kitchen

In the kitchen you should use floor tiles designed for heavy traffic because it is usually the busiest location in the house especially if your kitchen is an open space where you hang out, do lots of cooking and eating, entertain and generally spend a lot of time with your family, then you should really pay attention and make sure your tiles are resistant to heavy traffic. Usually, the tiles used in high-traffic areas are ceramic tiles, but you can also choose natural stones, even porcelain, if the rating on the box indicate they are suitable for this. So, check the box and discuss it with a tile specialist that will help you make the best decision.

Also in the kitchen you can tile the walls and have a nice backsplash too. For these situations just be careful to choose something that doesn’t stain and is easily cleaned. If you browse our blog, there are plenty of articles about backsplash ideas.

For the bathroom

In the bathroom it is really important to choose a flooring that meets two conditions: it’s not slippery and it’s not water absorbent. The bathroom is a very humid and wet space, so you need some tiles that will prevent accidents from happening and also to protect your house structure. Ceramic, porcelain, natural stone will all work but mosaic tiles are really good, look for tiles with a good rating for being non-slippery and non-absorbent.

On the walls and on the backsplash, you can drop the slippery factor, but here also you need to pay attention to humidity absorbance. There are a lot of options so if nothing else matters to you, when speaking to a specialist, ask about porosity.