Tile vs. Hardwood Flooring: Which is best?

If you’re looking to renovate your house, you must know the advantages and disadvantages of different floors. Floor installation can turn be an arduous task, which is why it will help if you know how to make the right choice and if the floor type you prefer is worth it. Discussed below is a comparison between the tile and hardwood flooring.

Appearance

Porcelain tiles are presented in varied styles that will suite a variety of different home designs. Most tiles are multicolored even though there are some typical colors used, like yellow, brown, beige, and white. Conversely hardwood floors have that stunning and natural appearance of wood. Wood can also be stained in a myriad of shades and colors. Some popular tree species used for flooring include cherry, oak, hickory, and maple.

 

Suitability

Tiles are ideal for all rooms. They are the perfect option for areas with heavy traffic and places with high moisture levels like basements, bathrooms, hallways, and kitchens. Hardwood floors are suitable for most rooms in homes but must not be installed in places below the ground. Wood should not be installed in bathrooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms and all other rooms with high levels of moisture. Hardwood is mostly used in bedrooms and living rooms.

 

Resistance to Stains and water

Tiles are not prone to staining. Even the best quality wood floors will be discolored and stained when the surface comes into contact with juice, water, pet urine and other fluids. All liquids must be removed immediately from wood floors.

Porcelain cannot be destroyed by water if it stays on its surface for hours. High moisture and water levels in rooms will cause issues with wood floors. Humidity, water, and moisture will lead to cupping, bucking, warping and crowning of hardwood.

 

Durability and longevity

Tiles are among the most resilient flooring materials in the marketplace. The strength of wood is dependent on the finish quality and tree species. However, wood is not a hard material for floors as porcelain tiles. Tiles will last for life with the right care and installation. The lifespan of wood will vary greatly depending on how well it is installed and the maintenance processes.

 

Maintenance

Once tiles are installed, they will require minimal care. Regular and immediate removal of fluids and cleaning is needed for wooden floors to last long and to perform at its optimum.

As highlighted above, tiles and wood are fantastic options for floors with their pros and cons. The type of flooring material to go for is dependent on many factors. For instance, the kind of room that needs the floor, the maintenance procedures and the preferences of the homeowner must be considered when selecting either hardwood or tiles.

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