It can be challenging to choose the right flooring when decorating your home or even the office. There are so many different types on the market, and almost every type can be purchased in a variety of styles.
You’ll need to choose the flooring that suits your needs, budget, and décor. However, it is worth considering wood flooring as it offers several benefits over tiles:
Tiles are generally solid and can withstand a lot of traffic. They can be broken surprisingly easily if you drop something on them or you move something substantial across them. This is especially true if they are not fitted properly and there are air pockets beneath them.
Unfortunately, once this happens, it can be complicated to remove the offending tile and replace it.
Wood flooring, on the other hand, is not going to break under load. The worst that can happen is that it will be scratched when sliding items across it. Fortunately, wood flooring can be sanded to remove the imperfection and make it as right as new.
Installing tiles requires a solid level base, tile adhesive, and the skills of a tile fitter. It is generally a slow process and more costly than installing a wood floor.
A wood floor can be installed by yourself or by a professional. If you choose a tongue and groove style fitting, you’ll find it needs no extra fixtures, and an entire room can be completed in a matter of hours.
Of course, if you choose a style such as herringbone flooring, it can take a little longer but is still easier than tiled floors.
Tile floors are cold to walk on, which may not be an issue if you live in a hot climate. However, if you live anywhere else, you’ll quickly find this a problem and long for the warmth of a wooden floor.
Wooden floors are great at being just the right temperature, whatever the weather.
It used to be the case that tiles were the only viable option for kitchens and bathrooms, to allow for spills. However, this is no longer the case. Wood flooring with the special coating is just as effective in these rooms and can look fantastic.
Again wood flooring used to mean the cutting of fresh trees and potentially damaging the environment. However, wood flooring can now be made from recycled or reclaimed wood. It adds to the effect and has no downside for the environment.
It is true that tiles are a cheaper option than wood flooring. However, if you look at laminates or engineered wood flooring, you’ll find the price is comparable and yet you get all the benefits of wood flooring over tiles.
Don’t forget when considering the cost of tiles; you need to allow for the installation costs, which are generally more significant than the installation costs of wood flooring.
When you think about it, wood flooring is the only logical choice!