Kitchen Flooring: Tile or Hardwood?

 In blog, Flooring Aurora

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one of your considerations is the flooring. For kitchens, tile has always been a popular option, and hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular in modern kitchens. There are even tiles that are designed to look like wood. So we wanted to outline some of the differences between the tile and hardwood flooring.

Appearance

Wood floors have a natural warmth, and depending on the wood type and finish; it can change the tone of the room. Tile flooring comes in such variety, including ceramic, granite, limestone, and slate. There are different shapes, patterns, and colors available, all of which can dramatically change the style and feeling of a room.

Durability

Depending on whom you ask, you may get a different answer on which material is better. Tile is brittle, and its success as a floor material is partially based in having a sound subfloor. Essentially, it needs a stable base, and the tiles need to be fixed well to the floor.

Hardwood floors, on the other hand, have more flexibility regarding installation but need to be resealed every few years, mainly if it’s a high traffic area like the kitchen.

Maintenance

Both flooring options are fairly low maintenance, but hardwood floor may need to be resealed periodically. Regarding cleaning, tile floors look better when the grout is clean, and there are several cleaning products available specifically for that purpose. Put down mats at entrance points to reduce tracking grit and dirt, which can cause scratches.

Limitations

Wood floors are not suitable when exposed to high humidity, making them poor choices for bathrooms. If you live in a cold climate, a tile floor is particularly cold.

Cost

Wood flooring has a reputation for being expensive; however, tile comes in such a wide variety that you’ll see a huge range of prices. You can find some tile as cheap as 60 cents a square foot, but other tiles on the market have luxuries like diamond or mother-of-pearl inlays.

Niron Depot has a wide selection of flooring needs for your kitchen and bath. Contact us today and make an appointment to visit our showroom and see our selection of tile and hardwood flooring. No matter which you choose, your kitchen will look divine.