Should You Choose Wood or Tile Flooring When Remodeling Your Kitchen? Here Are 3 Benefits (And Downsides) Of Each


When remodeling a kitchen, you have to make many difficult decisions. One of those is to decide whether to choose wood or tile flooring. Both wood and tile flooring offer a beautiful, long-lasting finish and both have benefits and downsides. This article lists the benefits and downsides of each to help you make an educated decision.

Following are 3 benefits and downsides of each:

Benefits of Wood Flooring

1. Easy Maintenance

While tracking in dirt and spills may be disastrous for most types of floors, wood floors stand the test of life. Soaking up a spill from wood only takes seconds and it is quite easy to run a vacuum or broom over the surface of the wood to remove any debris and dirt.

2. Variety of Choices

There are a wide variety of choices for wood flooring available on the market. Wood floors offer different thickness levels, patterns, and stains.

3. Aesthetically Pleasing

Wood flooring gives a timeless look that lasts throughout the years. Because of the neutral color and natural look of wood, it is quite easy to match wood flooring with different elements of the kitchen like rugs, paint, furniture, etc.

Downsides of Wood Flooring

1. Costly

Wood flooring typically costs more than most other flooring options, including tile flooring.

2. Wears Easily

Wood floors are easy to mark with scratches and dents. For example, wood floors can be easily teared up by pet claws, moving furniture, and even high heeled shoes.

3. Vulnerable to Humidity and Moisture

Wood floors are vulnerable to humidity and moisture. Because of this, most people do not install wood flooring in laundry rooms, basements, or bathrooms because those rooms usually have high humidity that transfers moisture to the wood.

Benefits of Tile Flooring

1. Durable

Tile is very durable and hard to crack. High-quality tiles can be expected to last for up to twenty years long if installed and maintained properly. Tile flooring is very economical, practical, and fashionable.

2. Easy to Clean

Spills and dirt lay directly on the surface of the tile, which means there is no soaking in like carpet. This allows messes to be quickly cleaned up without harming the floor. Day-to-day maintenance typically includes sweeping and vacuuming with a soft brush.

3. Relatively Less Expensive than Wood Flooring

While tile flooring may be relatively more expensive as most other flooring options, it is less expensive as compared to wood flooring.

Downsides of Tile Flooring

1. Difficult to Repair

If a single tile breaks, it is hard to repair because of the installation process. If can also be difficult to match up specialized tiles with unique colors and textures.

2. Difficult to Install

Installing tile flooring can be challenging, even for professionals. Installing tile flooring requires a lot of preparations, grout, tools, and mortars. It also takes a lot of time.

3. Grout Attracts Dirt

While the tile itself is easy to clean, the debris and dirt can cause the grout to get dirty and change color. And when it gets too dirty, it may require a professional cleaning.

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