Hardwood Flooring Vs. Tile With Wooden Look

Hardwood flooring isn't anything new. It's been used for several years by builders and homeowners in residential homes and is known for it's long-lasting beauty. A new trend in flooring is tile that mimics wood. It can come in a variety of colors and wood grains. Tile can also look hand-scraped like wood flooring, which can easily fool someone into thinking it's actual wood flooring. There are a number of pros and cons between hardwood and tile flooring. See below for a listing of these pros and cons.

Hardwood Flooring Pros

  • Warmth. Hardwood flooring is warm underfoot and provides natural insulation in your home. 
  • Natural Beauty. Hardwood flooring is naturally beautiful and comes in a variety of options from maple to oak. Even bamboo is a hardwood option.
  • Versatile. Hardwood flooring can be sanded down and re-stained to give it an all new look.

Hardwood Flooring Cons

  • Scratches Easily. Hardwood flooring is susceptible to scratching, dents and fading or discoloring. Although some scratches and dents help to give your hardwood character, too much can make your hardwoods look worn.
  • High Maintenance. Hardwoods are not maintenance free; they take work to keep them looking good. They must be cleaned properly and refinished or resealed every few years.

Tile Flooring Pros

  • Repels Moisture. Tile flooring repels moisture, so it can be used in the bathroom or kitchen with easy clean-up. Stains will not seep into tile like they will into wood.
  • Repaired Easily. Tile can be repaired easily, as you can replace a single broken piece. With wood, you would need to tear out your entire flooring.
  • No Killing Trees. No trees need to be cut down in order to create tile with a wooden look. Tile is also long lasting, making it a sustainable product.

Tile Flooring Cons

  • Cold. Tile floors are very cold, especially in colder temperatures. If you have tile flooring all over your house, you may need to invest in area rugs to keep your feet warm in the winter.
  • Noisy. Tile isn't a good sound insulator, so it may create an echo in your home. 
  • Needs Grout. Tile needs to be grouted, which can easily be discolored from foot traffic or stains and can be difficult to clean. 

Keep these things in mind as you make a decision for your own home. In the end, choosing between tile and hardwood floors comes down to how much maintenance you want to put into it, as well as your personal tastes in style.