Best Flooring For Kitchen – Tiles Or Marble?
Sandstone Tiles for the Kitchen Floor
Sandstone has been in use since ancient times in the construction of cathedrals, homes, and temples. It is still in use today in commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. This is because it is considered one of the most durable construction materials, being resistant to weathering.
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock formed from compacted sand aggregates bound by mineral cement. It includes quartz, or feldspar, or both. Although young sandstone is brittle and crumbly, once it has matured, it becomes extremely tough, durable, and resistant to weather. With proper care and maintenance, it can last a lifetime. If it is properly sealed with the right coating, it becomes virtually impervious to any damage.
Why sandstone tiles are suited for the kitchen floor.
On top of its strength, sandstone is also easy to maintain. A good sweeping and periodic mopping with a mild detergent is all you need to keep it clean and to prevent staining. Additionally, it is also resistant to allergens and bacteria making it suited for people suffering from respiratory ailments.
Sandstone tiles can come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, depending on where they are quarried and processed. Common in desert regions are orange and yellow stones. There are also blue, gray, tan, and white varieties. Others can be mottled. This provides you with a range of options to choose from.
Textures also vary according to how the sandstone was formed and prepared. It is considered natural if it has an undulating surface with natural clefts. If the crystals in the stone burst during its formation under intense heat altering its natural color, it is described as flamed. The stone is called polished if it has a natural shine that results from polishing the stone and not from any coating. Honed sandstone differs from the polished version only to the degree of its shine. A bush-hammered stone results from the use of a pneumatic tool to create pits and grooves on its surface. It can also be sand-blasted with coarse-grained grit for a textured surface and matte gloss.
Are vitrified tiles better than marble for your kitchen floor?
Today there are many different types of flooring materials you can use for your kitchen floor. There is bamboo, ceramic tiles, glass tiles, laminated boards, rubber mats or tiles, vinyl tiles, vitrified tiles, and wood boards, not to mention the various stone tiles or slabs. Narrowing down your choice can be a difficult exercise, but if you are focusing on durability, marble and vitrified tiles may be good options.
Marble is made of limestone that has been subjected to intense heat and pressure, and it is this that makes it durable. Vitrified tiles, on the other hand, are man-made and are made out of a combination of silica and clay which also undergo extremely high pressure and heat. So which is the best flooring for kitchen to choose?
Choosing Between Vitrified Tiles and Marble for Your Kitchen
Owing to their different composition, however, there are a number of differences between the two. Vitrified tiles are better able to withstand abrasions resulting from rubbing or scraping. Although it takes time before the effects of abrasion become apparent, marble floor wears away faster than vitrified tiles.
Marble tile or slabs also tend to yellow over time, while vitrified tiles maintain their color for decades. Also, the latter does not seem to be affected much when cleaned with hydrochloric acid. When cleaning marble, on the other hand, care must be exercised in the choice of cleaning materials. Limit this to stone cleaners or mild detergents.
Because vitrified tiles are man-made, both surface and main body consistency is superior to those of marble. The heat and pressure applied to vitrified tiles are uniform and precision controlled whereas those that marble undergoes are typically haphazard, depending on the vagaries of nature. It is for this reason that the grains and patterns on natural stones are rarely ever consistent.
In addition to this, laying down marble is more difficult than installing vitrified tiles. An experienced do-it-yourself can probably install the latter but a professional is required for the former. Of course, you need the right tools and this includes an accurate laser level. We hope you’ve found this article useful for your next kitchen floor choices.