Hardwood flooring is timeless. It has been used for generations and is still a favorite among many homeowners today. On the other hand, tile flooring is tough as nails and is budget friendly compared to hardwood flooring. And when modern day tile options include beautiful imitation wood finishes, is it even worth it to splurge for the real deal? Well, the Grout Medic wants to help you make an informed decision. That is why we have put together a list of pros and cons for each material.
As was mentioned, hardwood flooring has been a classic staple in many homes for generations. It adds warmth to a room and brings in a natural element that many people crave. In addition, hardwood flooring compliments virtually every style.
On the downside, hardwood flooring does require a fair bit of maintenance. It can also be easily scratched if you have a resident doggo. Not to mention the fact that hardwood flooring is not ideal for moisture rich areas of the home, such as the bathroom or laundry room.
The average hardwood floor will cost you anywhere from $5 to $10 per square foot and the installation can run you $4-8 per square foot on top of that.
Faux Wood Tile
Probably the biggest selling point for faux wood tile is the price tag. You can get the wood look with this tile for around $2-8 per square foot with installation running you around $5 per square foot.
Besides the alluring price, faux wood tile is also extremely durable. Not to mention basically waterproof. So, if you live in a humid climate or you want that wood look in an area like your bathroom, this tile is calling your name. Plus, you won’t have to worry about damage from your furniture or pets because this tile can handle it and still look beautiful.
Where faux wood tile may fall short for you may be in regard to how it feels. As with most tile, walking barefoot on it can prove to be chilly. And if you feel that having grout lines disturbs the aesthetic you are going for; you may want to skip tile. It is also worth noting that tile floors will not necessarily boost your resale value like hardwood flooring will. They will not bring the value down, but they may not lend to it either.
At the end of the day, both hardwood and faux wood tile flooring are excellent choices that will last you for years to come. If you already have some sort of tile flooring and it looks like it may need a little TLC, do not be shy about giving us a call. We would love to give you a free quote.