Tile vs. Hardwood Floors: Which is Better?

Tile Floors Vs. Hardwood Floors: Which Is the Better Choice?

If you are building or remodeling a house, this question has probably crossed your mind: “Should I install tile floors, or hardwood floors?” There are upsides and downsides to both types, and many factors should be considered when determining the right floor material for you. When choosing a new floor for your home, The Grout Medic believes that homeowners should consider:

The Cost

The average cost of installing wood flooring is at the higher end of the spectrum, at around $8,000 per 1,000 square feet. Though there are multiple types of hardwood flooring to choose from, they are all fairly similar in price. Tile, on the other hand, comes in many different varieties, so homeowners can choose a type that suits both their tastes and their budget.

The Style

Many people like the look of hardwood floors, but there are others who prefer the tile aesthetic, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor patios. For those who like the look of hardwood but want the advantages of tile, there is a wide range of tiles that are designed to look exactly like wood. Wood-look tile is an increasingly popular option, but many homeowners favor classic tile. There is an extensive selection of styles, colors, shapes, and patterns to choose from when it comes to tile flooring, so there is truly something for everyone.

Comfort

Hardwood tends to be easier on the feet than tile flooring, and it is warmer, which is desirable during the colder months. However, many people combat tile floors’ coldness by installing radiant floor heating, an invisible, high-efficiency home heating system that works very well with tile floors. This allows homeowners to enjoy tile floors without the discomfort of standing on a cold surface — and save energy in chilly weather.

Durability

Hardwood floors are notoriously susceptible to water damage, and they can be easily scratched and worn by dropped items, sliding furniture, and even shoes. Tile, on the other hand, is much tougher and more durable, although it can still be chipped or cracked if a heavy item is dropped on it. It is also waterproof, which makes it ideal for any room where spills or flooding may happen. The question of durability also affects the construction process; tile floors can be installed at any time during the construction, whereas hardwood floors must be installed near the end of the work to avoid damage.

Making the choice between hardwood and tile floors can be difficult, but it is important to the look and functionality of a home. Contact The Grout Medic today for more information about tile floor cleaning and repair, or to schedule a consultation.