Wood vs. Tile Flooring

Wood vs. Tile Flooring

Flooring not only complements, but defines a room as well; its appearance helps set the aesthetic tone, while its diverse physical characteristics appeal to functionality. That’s why you see many homes mixing hard flooring surfaces in entryways, kitchens and bathrooms with instances of carpet flooring in bedrooms and recreational rooms.

When renovating a home, many homeowners gravitate to a high-quality hard flooring surface to maintain the quality and value of a home. Choosing a type of hard flooring usually results in a debate between hardwood flooring and tile flooring. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, but you’ll have to weigh your options in the context of your interior design to figure out which is best for you.

Embracing the Warmth of Wood Flooring

One of the greatest appeals of hardwood floors is the warmth they provide. Homeowners can choose the type of stain they want and imbue their wood flooring with visual warmth that complements the rest of a room. That warmth can also be very literal, compared to ceramic and stone flooring, wood is much warmer to the touch and will be more comfortable to bare feet.

In addition to having control over the type of wood installed into your floors, homeowners can also control the color of the stain. Unlike other types of flooring, this coloring is more easily changed: Hardwood floors can be re-stained down the road without tearing out the boards and installing a new surface. With proper treatments and maintenance, wood flooring can last a long time and endure the abuse of daily traffic.

However, hardwood floors come with potential drawbacks. No matter what you do, wood will be less resilient to rough treatment. Scratches and gouges inevitably occur, and they’re not easily covered up. Because of this, hardwood floors need to be refinished periodically. And even with a water-resistant treatment, spills and stains can still damage the floors.

The Design Possibilities of Tile Floors

From a visual perspective, tile flooring offers tons of options in the form of multiple materials and colors, as well as unique flooring patterns. Whether ceramic or stone, tile lets homeowners devise patterns and pairings that create a more personal style.

Tile is extremely durable as most types of tile are resistant to stains and water damage. Unlike hardwood, tile won’t get scratched or gouged by normal foot traffic, making this flooring material a lower-maintenance option than most other materials.

The grout outlining your tile pattern collects dirt over time, so you’ll need to factor routine cleaning into your schedule to keep tile looking pristine. While tile floors don’t scratch, they can crack under the pressure of uneven or shifting floors. This is often a problem traced back to poor installation, which is why it’s so important that tile floors be professionally installed.

Whether your choose tile or hardwood floors, don’t settle for a sub-par installation that could hurt longevity and quality. Providers like Contract Carpet One can offer guidance in your flooring choices while ensuring that your installation will keep your floors in great shape for years to come. Contact us today!

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