Tile or hardwood floor in kitchen

What is better tile or hardwood floor in kitchen and dining room

Homeowners preferences

Installation of tile or hardwood floor in kitchens and dining rooms depends on people’s needs and preferences. There is no one more right or better choice for such matter. Homeowners can get a desired design with either type of flooring materials. Some common pros and cons of tile and hardwood floor are as follows:

Advantages of hardwood floor

Hardwood floor is one of not many flooring options that have been in use for centuries. During all of these years hardwood earns it respect and trust as a perfect flooring choice. This wood flooring material is durable, reliable, and beautiful. As wood floor option has natural feel and doesn’t collect any contaminations as other flooring covers do as long as you clean it frequently. Therefore, it keeps fresh air in the room which is especially good for those who have allergies. It is comfortable and warm to the feet in the winter time and sort of cool in the summer time. This floor is long lasting if proper care and maintenance is implied. It can be recolored if you wish to refresh your home from time to time. You should keep in mind that if you hire a professionals to do the work you can refinish the wood floor up to 6 – 7 times because they will send just a very small layer of the floor just right to take away old stain. On the other hand, if you try to find some cheap contractors to perform the refinishing they can spoil your wood even after first or second time. After that it might not be possible to do anything about it, but install new hardwood floor.

Advantages of tile floor

Tile flooring has been in use also for many years. People use and like this floor for its durability and look. It comes in variance of tile materials, such as stone (granite, marble, travertine, slate), clay (ceramic and porcelain), glass, and other man-made materials. This flooring material is water resistant and normally won’t damage under heavy furniture. Many tile materials are normally cheaper compare to hardwood ones. Tile floor has an excellent dent, scratch, wear and water resistance what is essentially important for a kitchen. This floor is relatively easier to repair if you can do it yourself and you saved few extra tiles just in case.

Disadvantages of hardwood floor

The major minus of some hardwood flooring is once it is damaged then the entire replacement or refinishing should be done. In addition, it won’t survive long standing water on its surface and will fade under excessive sun exposure. Some of hardwood floor types are very expensive and not all customers can afford them.

Disadvantages of tile floor

Tile flooring is cold and hard on the feet. Stone tile should be sealed every year and might require regrouting from time to time which can be costly and/or time consuming. Tile flooring has expensive labor cost because of varied work should be performed at the job site to install the tile on the floor from putting the subfloor to grouting. Replacement even of one tile can be expensive and problematic if you cannot perform the work yourself because installers have their minimum charges which are pretty much high when they go to customers’ houses. On the other hand, if you decide to replace damaged tile yourself and you never did it before, you might spend on that half day or more. Plus there is no guaranty that it will look nice afterwards. In addition, you might damage other tile when trying to take out the one that you want to replace.