Hardwood Flooring VS Tile Flooring In Your Kitchen – Which Should You Choose?
Ceramic tile offers homeowners long-lasting, beautiful floors, but so do hardwood floors.
Both of these beautiful flooring options have been making the choice as to which to pick a challenge. In the past, ceramic tile was the flooring of preference but recently, we have seen an increase in the use of hardwood flooring. Both have advantages and disadvantages as far as upkeep and installation. Therefore, to help you with your decision, here are some facts below:
When it comes to general upkeep, hardwood floors are relatively easy to maintain. Regular sweeping should be enough to keep your floor looking as good as new. Spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid liquid damage which may lead to future expense. Hardwood is also susceptible to staining, scratching and heat damage. Fortunately, finishes and precautionary measures (like removing shoes and furniture pads) can protect your floor.
In case of minor damage, buffing and sanding are enough to restore your floor to its old self. Replacement of boards caused by more significant damage, can easily be done by replacing the damaged planks. Finding a boards that match perfectly may be difficult.
One major advantage of hardwood flooring is its comfort. Its insulating properties make it warm and easy on the feet, so the hours spent preparing your thanksgiving feast are a little easier on the body. In addition to comfort, hardwood flooring has sound dampening qualities.
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Like hardwood, regular maintenance of tiles is easy, however, the use of harsh chemicals won’t compromise the beauty of the tile. Liquid damage poses no threat to glazed tiles, or to tiles that were properly sealed during installation. If tiles aren’t sealed well, liquid can seep into grout and cause mold, along with other issues like grout discoloration. Nonetheless, spills should be cleaned immediately because tiles (especially glazed) tend to be slippery when wet. Tiles are also stain proof, heat proof, won’t scratch, and are very difficult to crack.
If tiles do crack, the replacement process isn’t as easy as with hardwood, and the trouble of finding a perfect match also exists.
Hardwood beats tile in the comfort category. Tiles are hard and cold, therefore, standing for long periods of time may cause pain. Unlike hardwood flooring, tiles don’t posses sound dampening.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Apart from what has been discussed, factors like personal style preference contribute to your final decision. Hardwood flooring is a choice for those looking for comfort, who are willing to put in the extra effort and expense to maintain their floors. Tiles are the choice for people looking for a floor that requires less maintenance across the board.