When it comes to getting rooms redone, kitchens are among the most popular. This is because they combine two of the most important things: heavily improving the resale value of your home and updating a room that sees plenty of use. However, the tradeoff for this is that you need to make a lot of decisions ahead of time due to all the different components, including the floor. Two of the most popular options for kitchen floors are hardwood and tile. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when making your decision between these options.
As for hardwood, there are a few major benefits when it comes to your floor. For example, hardwood is generally a more comfortable option for your feet. On top of being easier to walk on, it also tends to be warmer on your feet. This is because tile flooring naturally draws heat away, which can be troublesome during the winter months.
For tile, one of the biggest benefits is ease of use and maintenance. Tile is inherently waterproof or water resistant, which means the potential spills and stains of a busy kitchen aren’t likely to create a lot of damage. In addition, it’s very hard to scratch tile.
In terms of aesthetics, a lot of the time, it boils down to a matter of personal taste and what the rest of your kitchen and home looks like. Hardwood may be more popular in a lot of home design magazines, but there are also a lot of tile designs available to fit your tastes.
There’s a bit of a question as to whether hardwood or tile is the cheaper of the two options. The truth is that it depends. On paper, the materials for a hardwood floor are probably going to be more expensive, but the installation for tile tends to be more expensive overall. As a result, if you live in an area where lumber and hardwood are more accessible, you may actually end up paying less. However, this is location-dependent. In addition, hardwood does occasionally need to be refinished, which is an expense you need to account for.
Whatever decision you make for your home, you want to make sure that you work with skilled and experienced flooring professionals. Reach out to Tony’s Flooring for all your flooring needs. We’ve been serving the community for over 45 years, and offer installation, refinishing, and other services.