Making the decision to upgrade the flooring in your home or business can be a fast decision but choosing the type of flooring to use is often another story. Two of the most popular flooring choices continue to be hardwood and tile, and there are a vast amount of options for both. Here are some basic advantages and disadvantages of both types of flooring to help make your decision.
The material and design options available with tile flooring is virtually endless; this is due in part to the variation of sizes available, which can allow you to create a pattern that suits your specific style. Some of the most widely used tile materials include porcelain, ceramic, glass, stone, and metal. Here are some of the advantages of tile flooring.
- Most tile is water and moisture resistant and is a great option for wet areas.
- Tile is generally very durable and scratch resistant.
- Tile is very easy to clean and maintain day to day.
- Most tiles have multiple sizes available, so you have added flexibility for patterns and personalization.
- Tile is not forgiving and can be hard to stand on for extended periods of time.
- Tile is generally more expensive to install than hardwood.
- Unlike the tiles themselves, the grout can be harder to keep clean if you're not using a stain resistant grout.
- Tile surfaces can be slippery if not using a textured tile.
Tile can be functional in any room in your home, but it is especially suitable for kitchens, laundry rooms, and baths because of its moisture resistance. With the addition of new designs, like wood look tile, it can also be a great fit through your entire home.
There is no question that hardwood floors bring a classic warmth and beauty to any home. The two basic types of wood are solid and engineered; the basic difference being that solid hardwood flooring comes in solid planks, and engineered flooring consist of layers of natural wood to decrease expansion and contraction of the boards. Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of species, finishes, and widths. Here are some of the basic advantages and disadvantages.
- Hardwood is durable and can last for many years if cared for properly.
- Hardwood is generally easy to install and can be done at a reasonable price.
- Hardwood can increase the resale value of your home.
Hardwood can add a natural warmth and character to any space.
- Hardwood is not good in wet areas or homes with high humidity.
- Hardwood is susceptible to scratches from high traffic or pet claws.
- Some hardwoods require more maintenance than other flooring options.
- Some hardwoods can be costly to repair if damaged.
Hardwood floors can be used throughout your home, but they are especially great in living areas and bedrooms. If you decide to use hardwood in rooms with the potential for water and humidity, like laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, you will need to take extra precautions with the appropriate adhesive or the addition of rugs or dehumidifiers.
Making the Right Choice
Whatever your project of flooring choice, South Cypress’s team of experts is available to help guide you through the available options.