I have always been partial to hardwood floors. Generally speaking, it would be my flooring of choice throughout the house if budget wasn't an issue. It's a good choice for allergy sufferers, and it is also practical and durable in high traffic areas. Same can be said for tile though, right?! But what do house hunters always seem to look for and attribute more value to? Hardwood seems to be the clear-cut winner in that battle.
Lately, my husband and I have been having debates between hardwood and tile - wood tile to be specific. With our family room renovation underway (more on that in a separate post), we will be replacing the worn carpet with new flooring. Although we both prefer hardwood over any other flooring option, we have a renovation (product and labor) budget to consider - not just for this room, but for the entire house. If we had an infinite budget, I would not even be considering wood tile in the room. Solid hardwood all the way! :)
|Love this distressed wide-plank solid hardwood floor.|
I thought of wood tile as a compromise. We can still visually achieve the warmth and texture of wood, but at a more affordable price point (like 50-70% less than the hardwoods I like). But would tile be too cold and "hard" underfoot? Probably. Radiant floor heating isn't practical for us, nor necessary since we live in Southern California. We may as well get hardwood floors if we're going to pay for radiant heating.
Tile requires minimal maintenance. Just give it a quick sweep or vacuum, and some mopping. Scratches or dents isn't a big concern too. Wood requires frequent sweeping, and constant diligence with keeping it scratch or dent-free. I speak from experience, as we had hardwood in our previous homes, and also have hardwood in parts of this house. We don't wear shoes in the house, but scratches are inevitable. It doesn't matter if the wood is distressed...
|Hardwood floors. Image via Houzz.|
Aside from solid hardwood or engineered wood (which we are also considering), some have also mentioned laminate wood flooring. While also a practical and durable option, laminate isn't on our radar. Don't get me wrong, as I would totally recommend quality laminate floors. My parents' house has a mix of real hardwood and laminate, and I've also seen nice laminate floors installed in many homes. We just narrowed down our options to hardwood or wood tile.