Hardwood Floor or Porcelain Tile?

by Tim Gorman

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM

A comparison between hardwood and tiled floors.

If you are looking to update your home's outdated carpet that you can't stand looking at anymore, or simply want to update your home's current flooring, I would consider hardwood flooring or porcelain tile. Here are the pros and cons for each:

Hardwood - Advantages: Hardwood flooring seems to be the preferred surface merely because it is the real thing. It's natural as well as universal and will never go out of style. Along with its natural beauty, it is durable and may increase your home's value; therefore, it may be the smart move in the long run.

Hardwood - Disadvantages: Hardwood is considered to be durable but it does scratch and will need to be refinished over time. Also, hardwood does not do well with water so make sure you add a protective layer to ensure your floors are sealed. Hardwood floors are thick so depending on what your house sits on there may not be enough room to add hardwood floors.

Tile - Advantages: Arguably, the biggest advantage over hardwood would be tile (porcelain) planks are virtually scratch and water-proof. Because tile planks are not natural, there are more colors and style options to choose from. You can also install it anywhere so it becomes a versatile flooring option.

Tile - Disadvantages: Hardwood flooring is warmer on your feet compared to tile so in the winter your floors may be significantly colder and harder to walk on. Tile planks may be more expensive as well, may chip, and become outdated overtime. Though they are waterproof, the tile becomes more slippery when wet, too.

At the end of the day, both options will look great in your home, it just depends on your preference. Make sure you contact multiple flooring contractors when getting quotes so you can find the best company for the right price.