Atlas Concorde USA Rise collection used on the floor and wall of a bathroom and shower.
Atlas Concorde USA Rise collection used on the floor and wall of a bathroom and shower.
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Top 5 Reasons to Choose Porcelain Tile for Kitchen and Bathroom Flooring

Remote work schedules, kitchen table homework sessions and indoor play have provided us with plenty of time to look down and examine our homes’ flooring. Sigh – it’s likely that many have seen better days. Kitchen and bathroom flooring, in particular, have borne the brunt of inevitable wear and tear that comes with years of foot traffic, splashes and spills (cue dirty paws and wet feet). 

So, when the day comes to upgrade that existing flooring and select a new material or style — what will you choose? The 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reports that porcelain tile has surpassed hardwood in popularity with design-centric homeowners. Considering it’s highly durable, easy to clean and offers nearly unlimited design versatility, we aren’t surprised the material is gaining traction in the flooring space. After all, these qualities have contributed to porcelain tile reigning supreme as a choice material for backsplashes and bathrooms. Keep on reading for five reasons why porcelain tile flooring could be the perfect fit for your next bathroom or kitchen floor. 

Durable enough to withstand foot traffic year after year 

Clay-based and kiln-fired, porcelain’s composition is exceptionally dense. Because porcelain is pressed and fired at higher temperatures than other clay-based materials, it’s much less porous and therefore, a more durable floor tile. Thanks to these resilient features, porcelain tiles are less subject to scratching, staining, chipping and damaging effects caused by water infiltration. A faithful source for home improvement tips, Hunker recommends, “if you're renovating and would like to use a durable, long-lasting material, porcelain tiles are an ideal choice as they stand up to high heat and other types of wear and tear.”

Spill and mess friendly with excellent water resistance 

Continuing to sing its praises, Hunker adds, “porcelain floor tiles resist water as admirably as they resist scratches, making them an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other moisture-prone areas.” Certified as an impervious tile by the Tile Council of North America, the material’s low water absorption rating means you don’t have to worry about the splashes from the bathtub or spills from the kitchen sink wreaking havoc on your new floors. What’s more, porcelain surfaces are also grouted with a rigid, inflexible filler, which prevents moisture from seeping underneath the tile matrix and causing damage.

Atlas Concorde USA Homeland tile in Wheat color used for the floor and mosaic backsplash of a bathroom.
Atlas Concorde USA Homeland tile in Wheat color used for the floor and mosaic backsplash of a bathroom.

Lasting style to boot

An ideal combination, porcelain’s inherently dense composition and subsequent resistance to chipping and moisture ensure lasting style. In short, porcelain tile looks beautiful when it is installed and will continue to look good for years to come. But don’t just take our word for it… Better Homes and Gardens says that “porcelain tile’s payoff of lasting beauty is well worth” the initial investment.

Unrivaled freedom to bring dreamy design ideas to life

Although the Houzz trends study points out how porcelain tiling has surpassed hardwood as a flooring material, the aesthetic and ethos of wood has certainly not lost its charm. According to HGTV design gurus, “porcelain tiles that resemble wood are a can’t-miss pick,” because “real wood can be a tricky choice for a wet space.” Thankfully, wood-look porcelain tiles transcend the limitations of traditional hardwood flooring because of their excellent moisture resistance and durability.

Whether your eye is drawn to warm wood tones, the industrial look of concrete or the luminescence of white marble, today’s porcelain tile manufacturers have the edge when it comes to offering a variety of styles and aesthetics. Why not blend form and function to bring those dreamy kitchen and bath visions to life?

Atlas Concorde USA Homeland white marble tile used on a kitchen floor.
Atlas Concorde USA Homeland white marble tile used on a kitchen floor.

Low maintenance is the name of the game

Dubbed by HomeAdvisor as “the perfect material for those who want good looks with very little effort,” porcelain tiles, which are inhospitable to bacteria, are also very easy to clean. Any surface spills or messes can be wiped up with a common household cleaning product. And thanks to their water-resistant nature, mold and mildew cannot grow on the surface of your porcelain tile flooring. Goodbye, grime. Hello, sparkling floors.

Feeling motivated to start renovating your home’s kitchen or bath? Start with the flooring and opt for one of our resilient porcelain tile collections to enjoy lasting style.

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