Hardwood vs. Tile Flooring

If you’re looking for a durable surface that will last for years to come, you might be comparing hardwood flooring and tile. Keep reading to find out some of the main differences between hardwood flooring vs tile flooring.

Price

Both hardwoods and tile can range from low end to high on the scale of price per sq. ft. You will also need to take into consideration the cost of installation of each type of floor if you are working within a certain budget. If you go with an engineered hardwood, your cost per square foot will be lower and you may opt for a DIY installation.

Appearance

Tile floors have come a long way! Now, you can purchase tiles that mimic the exact look of a hardwood floor. These are great options for bathrooms and kitchens. If you want the shine and texture of a hardwood, then nothing beats the real thing. Hardwood floors will also be a softer and warmer feel than a ceramic or porcelain tile.

Durability

Again, both of these floors are pros and cons in the durability field. Hardwoods can last lifetimes with proper care and maintenance. Surface scratches and damage are more common, but top coats with special resins will help protect your floors against normal wear and tear.

Tile, on the other hand, is moisture resistance and very strong against normal wear and tear. The biggest downfalls with tile are the potential to chip and proper maintenance of grout lines.

Thickness

Many tiles can be easily added into a home and transition from room to room. With a solid hardwood, the planks are thick and may end up being too high in a room to room flow. Try an engineered hardwood if you are considering a remodel and are seeking hardwoods.

Cleaning & Maintenance

These floors both require daily maintenance to keep them looking as good as new. Tile floors can be cleaned with a mop, water and cleaning solution, whereas hardwoods should only be spot cleaned with a damp mop and lightly swept with a micro fiber mop.

 

Hardwood flooring vs tile

Choosing between a hardwood and tile flooring is not easy. Many similarities make each floor a great contender for your home. Order some free samples and compare!

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