There are many options home owners have when choosing the flooring for their kitchen — hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone, cork, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, etc. The most popular are hardwood and ceramic tile. Deciding which is best for you depends on which factors are most important to you, as well as your budget.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to both hardwood and tile that owners must consider. For one, hardwood is both easier and warmer on your feet. Tiles draw away heat, unless radiant heat is installed underneath, which is more efficient under tile. Hardwood, surprisingly, is usually less expensive than tile. Although the material of tile is less expensive than hardwood, the labor of installing it is not. Once all the costs are added up, tile usually ends up costing more. Hardwood can also help your space look longer. If all the hardwood is the same type and color, the eye flows from room to room better, giving an illusion of more space. Hardwood is also easier to clean and maintain. Grout often gets dirty and is difficult to clean. Hardwood can dent and scratch, but refinishing is typically only needed once every 10 years or so, and is not expensive. Refinishing also makes the floor look like new again, and you can even change the color if you prefer.
Tile flooring also has advantages and disadvantages. Tile flooring is very water resistant. A spill will not affect the tile, while it will affect a hardwood floor. Tile also has the ability to be very customizable. There are various designs home owners can choose and make it their own. As mentioned above, tile conducts radiant heat better than hardwood. Tile also won’t scratch. However, it can scratch, and it is nearly impossible to repair tiles without causing additional cracks in other areas.
If you are thinking about kitchen flooring, please contact John Serven and Sons. We would be happy to go over the benefits of each type of flooring with you and help the decision making process easier.