Should You Choose Hardwood or Tile Floors for Your Kitchen?

August 21, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you looking to remodel or refresh your kitchen’s appearance? Your flooring is just as important as updated appliances and cabinetry. A flooring choice can completely transform the look of a home, but you also need to consider upkeep, maintenance, cost and how the floor will age. Here’s what you should consider when choosing flooring for the kitchen in Midland, MI.

Advantages and drawbacks of tile flooring

  • Water resistant: Most tile is extremely water resistant, depending on its composition and sealing. Opting for a non-porous tile cuts down on the possibility of water damage to the subfloor, and results in fewer stains.
  • Versatile: Tile offers unmatched style and color options, whether you opt for decorative or utilitarian versions. Tile can also be made to look like hardwood floors, offering all the benefits of tile with the timeless look of wood. Consider how the style and design you choose will age—super-trendy looks can seem dated quickly.
  • Cooling: If your house gets hot in the summer, a tile floor will keep your kitchen significantly cooler than hardwood. However, it’s also quite a bit harder on your feet—if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you might want to opt for hardwood.
  • Grout: Many homeowners overlook potential grout problems—that is, grout tends to catch dirt, dust, hair and other debris. Over time, it can discolor or stain.
  • Maintenance and repair: Tile requires maintenance and repair, just like any flooring type. Consider buying extra tile so if (or when) a tile is damaged, you can easily repair it. Otherwise, you may not be able to get a match. Depending on the type of tile you choose, you may need to reseal it periodically.

Pros and cons of choosing hardwood floors

  • Timeless: Hardwood flooring is always in style, so your kitchen floor will never look out of date. As long as you keep up with maintenance and repair, it will look fresh for a lifetime or more.
  • Durable: Hardwood is a durable flooring type, but remember that it’s prone to scratching and dents from high heels, pets and dropped objects. You’ll usually need to sand and refinish your floors every few years, and you’ll need to be careful to close your curtains so the sun doesn’t bleach the flooring.
  • Multiple stain and color options: Although not as versatile as tile, there are plenty of stain and color options that will help you find the perfect hardwood for your kitchen aesthetic.
  • Less water resistant: Hardwood is much more susceptible to water damage than tile. Ask your remodeling contractor about options to reduce potential damage as much as possible.
  • Great ROI: Hardwood floors regularly see a 70 percent (or higher) return on your investment, which is great news if you plan to sell your home in the future.

Not sure which kitchen flooring is right for you, or want to explore your options? Tri City Remodeling can help with your kitchen floor renovation in Midland, MI. Call today for a free estimate and professional advice.

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