Ceramic Laminate Flooring Kitchen Products
Ceramic laminate flooring kitchen products are excellent and affordable choices for creating stylish and long-lasting finishes for any kitchen. The large variety of colors, sizes and designs in tile make it an ideal material for floors, counter tops and walls. Laminate flooring, in planks or tile shapes, lend a rich elegance, warmth and comfort to kitchen floors.
Porcelain Tile Products
Although porcelain tiles may appear to be a variety of ceramic tiles, their manufacturing process is quite different. They are made from finer clays that are fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic tiles, which makes them virtually non-absorbent, scratch and chip resistant. They are able to withstand heavy foot traffic and work well in outdoor installations.
Many porcelain tiles have greater strength and resistance to wear than even granite. They are most commonly used on floors, but are also a good choice for counter tops if the underlying structure is designed to handle their weight.
Ceramics – Ceramic Laminate Flooring Kitchen Products
The biggest advantage to ceramic tile compared to porcelain is their cost. Because of the materials used and lower firing temperatures, they can be produced at a lower cost.
Ceramic tiles are structurally designated by their PEI rating from 2 to 4. PEI 2 tiles are only for wall installations. PEI 3 and 4 ratings mean the tile can be subjected to light or heavy foot traffic, respectively. Ceramic tiles should never be used outdoors because they are not impermeable to moisture.
Perhaps more than other materials, tiles offer the most freedom of design throughout a kitchen. Colors and patterns can complement one another on the backsplash, counter top and floor.
Laminates – Ceramic Laminate Flooring Kitchen Products
For kitchen floors, laminates effectively simulate exotic hardwoods while providing equal or better durability and lower installation and maintenance costs. They are made in thicknesses from 8 to 15 mm.
Laminate flooring features a top wear layer plus a pattern image on top of either medium or high-density fiberboard. The bottom layer of laminate flooring is called the balancing layer. It often acts a moisture barrier. Most laminates utilize a tight, locking tongue-and-groove system of attachment so that no nails or screws are required.
Besides the rich designs that laminates lend to any kitchen, laminate flooring is easy to clean. If it is installed as a floating floor with padding, it is comfortable to stand on for long periods.
Shopping for Quality Materials Products
The kitchen is one place in your home where it pays to shop for the highest quality materials. That is why Michael’s carry only the top brands in tile such as Olympia, Ceretec, Sarana, Midgley and West, Interstyle and Centura. Michael’s also carries the leading brands in laminate flooring. Stop by our showroom to view your options in person.