We are looking at different flooring options for the main areas of our house - lounge, dining, entry, laundry and kitchen (all fairly open plan so the flooring will continue on into each room). My criteria for any flooring is that it has to be easy to clean and show up as little dirt as possible .
I love floorboards but I think they will be too expensive, so we have been looking into tiles as well. We went to a place today and spoke to a very helpful man who explained the different types of tiles and so on. It makes sense to me to put in the strongest most durable type of tile available, since they will be going into high traffic areas, however my dilemma is that these tiles are only available in a high gloss option. We bought home a sample, and while I know that my 3yo considered it a new toy, by the time she finished standing on it and touching it there we so many marks and smudges on it it was ridiculous. It would drive me insane if my floor constantly showed up marks and only stayed clean for five minutes at a time.
Does anyone have high gloss tiles and are they like this, or is it not as bad when they are on the floor just being walked over?.
The tile I like the most was a sort of light grey flecked tile in a semi gloss or matte finish, but this one only comes with the second hardest rating. The tile guy said these tiles are used in kitchens and high traffic areas and are fine - the difference is that if you drop a plate or something there is a risk that you will chip a tile. With the hardest rated tile he said youd practically have to get a chisel out to chip it. You can see the difference in the tile thickness when you compare them side by side too.
Any advice would be very welcome!. The only time Ive ever had tiles before is when I was renting - and I knew they were cheap low quality things so I didnt take much notice!.