With the rise of westernization, hardwood flooring is gradually gaining popularity. However, despite its aesthetic appeal, it is not as viable an option for a tropical country like India. Not being waterproof would be the biggest factor along with it being an expensive choice. This is why terracotta has been one of the most common forms of flooring used in India since ancient times. Not only has it proven to be durable, but it also keeps the rooms cool during harsh summers. Currently, natural stone tiles and ceramic or porcelain tiles can be easily found in households, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, across the country.
Why specifically kitchens and bathrooms, one may ask. The answer is simple. Because these spaces are more susceptible to stains and wetness due to water. Glazed tiles make it easier to clean and maintain. Unlike hardwood, tiles would not be damaged even after being wet for an extended period of time, making it a more preferred option out of the two.
When it comes to kitchen floorings, glazed ceramic tiles are even better and highly durable than even natural stone tiles. Natural stone tiles, which include, marble, graphite, etc., are slightly softer and brittle, as a result, it requires a little extra care than ceramic or porcelain tiles. One just cannot go wrong with ceramic tiles as kitchen flooring. On top of being a tough, durable option that is water and stain-resistant, it is also low maintenance. Even refinishing it would not require too much effort since its initial meticulous installation.
Furthermore, these come in various colors and designs which can be customized to one’s liking. So if you’re someone who likes the aesthetics of hardwood floors but does not want to inconvenience yourself with the inevitable problems that would come with the hardwood floorings, you can just have your ceramic tiles customized to look similar to a hardwood floor.
So next time you’re confused about which kitchen flooring to go for, remember that tiles are not just a feasible choice but also a versatile and resilient one.