Homeowners often struggle to decide between hardwood and tile for their kitchens. Hardwood has the look they want but tile offers the durability they need and it is waterproof. The following is 5 factors that will help you choose either tile or hardwood floring for you new kitchen…

Keeping Up with the Trends

Hardwood remains the preferred choice of customers for several reasons. First off, it has a timeless look and is easier to update as trends change. By sanding, applying new stain and finish, your hardwoods can go from a thing of the past to looking brand new. Tile trends change relatively quickly and it requires a fair amount of work to update the look as you would have to remove all the existing tile and replace with new, more current styles.

Regional Temperatures Influences Decision

People in southern states often have tile floors because they keep homes cooler. The south experiences higher temperatures more months out of the year than the north. Northeastern and midwestern homeowners have continuously chosen hardwood over tile.

Risk Factors

Tile is more durable and water resistant. In the kitchen, you do face the risk of water damage. Hardwood flooring does not do well with water. Homeowners might see buckling and spacing if they do not tend to water leaks and spills immediately making it a bit high maintenance. In comparison, you will not see any change to tile floors in the event of water damage other than to the plywood subfloor, if that is what is underneath the tile.

Cleaning Spaces

Cement is typically used as the grout base. When you do not seal your tile and grout, it is easy for dirt and grime to build up in the porous grout. Grim in our grout will result in staining and darkening. Cleaning grout is not an easy task so it is imperative that you seal your floors at least every six months to avoid the risks.

Hardwood has small gaps between each plank that can hold dirt. For this reason, we advise you to chose a site finished floor. Your flooring professional will apply the finish to the wood floors after they have been installed and sanded. This allows the finish to seep into the hardwood and fill in the spaces helping to reduce dirt build up. The use of a hardwood vacuum is also beneficial in keeping hardwoods (and spaces) clean and dirt-free.

Repairing the Damage

Hardwood flooring is easier to repair and replace than tile. Tile trends are ever changing so it is likely that you will not be able to find the same exact tile down the road. Unlike hardwoods, you cannot fix and replace one section of tile. A tile floor fix typically requires most of it or all of it needing to be removed and replaced. Hardwoods can be weaved in by the section making them easier to replace. If the color is not a perfect match, you have the ability to stain them slightly darker. Overtime, you will notice that the new floors catch up with the old as they oxidize.

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