Difference between bathroom and kitchen tiles

In the recent years, tiles have become a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Once limited to commercial places, tiles are now widely used starting from ordinary homes to luxury enclaves.

Most of the people simply pick up tiles by making a visit to the nearby store by picking up the most affordable tiles boasting nice designs without giving the purpose behind the purchase a consideration. Most of them even tend to believe that there is no difference between kitchen and bathroom tiles. Well, there are no strict rules that some tiles are specifically meant for kitchen and rest for bathroom. However, there is a critical difference between the tiles that fit for use in a kitchen and ones that are ideal for bathroom.

Let us start with the kitchen area. Tiles are the ultimate choice for the kitchen area as they are durable, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. In addition, kitchen is one of those rooms of the house that can have different types of tiles. Tiles in the kitchen can be used for floor, walls, cabinets, and even backsplash. As kitchen floor is the hardest working floor, tiles for the kitchen are designed to withstand heavy traffic and are highly durable. As kitchen tiles are subject to spills, the kitchen tiles are designed as spill and stain proof. On the other hand, tiles for the backsplash area are more decorative as they contribute largely to the appeal of the room. The backsplash tiles are made out of glass, ceramic, porcelain and metal material so that it can withstand grease and hot oil splashes and can be cleaned easily.

As the bathroom is one of the rooms that are constant subject to moisture and water, the tiles for the bathroom are specifically designed to withstand high moisture unlike the kitchen tiles. In addition, the coefficient of friction is very high so that tiles are not slippery and the chances of accidents are eliminated. In addition, the tiles feature a slight raised pattern so that pools of water are not created every time compelling the user to drain them.  Most of the bathroom tiles are made of ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone. The tiles for the floor of the bathroom are small in size with the ideal size being 12 inches by 12 inches thereby providing more drainage channels.However, for the walls, tiles are big in size.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on January 11th, 2011


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