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    If you are about to go through a kitchen renovation, the choice of appropriate tiles becomes a headache. Here, we will try to help you with the choice. We have a list of three types of tile that are suited for kitchens.

    - First on the list are porcelain tiles: Porcelain tiles are heavy, dense and non-porous. Porcelain tiles are non-absorbent; therefore you can be quite sure that spills on the surface will not leave permanent marks. What you need to make sure while selecting these tiles is the rating given by ISO 10545-7 or ASTM C1027, which provide ratings from 0 to 5 for porcelain tiles and determines the suitability of the tiles for various uses. The better the rating, the better the abrasion resistance of the tiles.

    However, porcelain tiles have their own set of disadvantages. These tiles are heavier than other tiles like travertine tiles, which makes cutting, transporting and installing them a cumbersome task. They are also more expensive than other tiles like travertine tiles.

    - Both ceramic tiles and the porcelain tiles come under the same family of ceramic with a slight difference; porcelain is harder, less porous and more durable than ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles have less water absorption rate and are denser and more expensive than ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are usually finished off with gloss to make them look better.

    - Last is travertine tiles. You are going to love the look it adds to your kitchen area. It is the natural stone tiles, which come in a variety of colors and unique textures.

    Pros of travertine tiles include:
    Beauty: These tiles have been in existence for a long time. These tiles give off a classic look.
    Durability: These tiles are rather durable and last for decades.
    Eco-friendly: These tiles are the most eco-friendly kitchen flooring option around because they are extracted from natural material and are recyclable.

    Cons of travertine tiles include:
    Maintenance: These tiles are not easy to maintain due to the microscopic pores present in the entire tile, which allow liquids to seep in. However, this problem can be resolved by applying sealers to the surface.
    Coldness: Although these tiles are a transmitter of heat, they do not maintain heat that well. During winters these tiles can get really cold.
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    Jul 26, 2017
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