Tiles and hardwood are the most popular materials for kitchen flooring. Both materials are very suitable for kitchen flooring, and it often becomes difficult to choose one. In the following paragraphs, we will explain some points that will help you select the right kitchen flooring.
When it comes to the budget, tiles have an advantage. In fact, there is a large variety available in tiles and you can find very inexpensive to very expensive tiles. However, if you are remodeling your kitchen for resale, hardwood floor might be the better option and offers a better return on your investment. Buyers are often ready to pay a premium for hardwood floor while they might or might not like the design of your tiles.
For design options, both tiles and hardwood have a large variety of designs and none of these have any clear advantage over the other. You can choose the right material according to the flooring in the other parts of your house. If the drawing room adjacent to your kitchen has a hardwood floor, you can consider a continuous hardwood floor in your kitchen.
For durability and longevity, both tiles and hardwood flooring score fairly close. But tiles score marginally better. Harwood floor is water resistant, but it is not waterproof. Hardwood floor can resist spills if you readily clean them, but it can be damaged if the water accumulates for longer periods of time. Such can happen in case of leakage in your sewerage system or a leaking refrigerator etc.
Both tiles and hardwood are easy to clean. Tiles are quite easy to clean, but the grout is susceptible to dust accumulation. You can use grout sealant after installation to make your kitchen flooring super easy to clean. Hardwood is even easier to clean. However, hardwood is more susceptible to aging in case of high traffic kitchens.