There are many types of floors that a homeowner can invest in. Since some are better than others, it can be difficult to make the decision of what to go with. For most people, when they are considering their kitchens, dining rooms, hallways and bathrooms, it usually comes down to either carpet, hardwood or tile. Since carpet is the most common, it seems like a better idea to debate between hardwood and tile. So-which is better?
They both have pros and cons to them. While both hardwood floors and marble tile have quite a bit of visual appeal, both have their own set of cons as well. Wood floors, for instance, are quite a bit of maintenance and hold a high risk for getting warped. This is especially true for homeowners that have wood floors in kitchens and dining rooms. Kitchens usually have fridges and dishwashers – both of which have been known to leak water at inopportune times. When a puddle of water sits on a hardwood floor, it warps the wood. This can be incredibly costly to replace. When there are hardwood floors in dining rooms, the hardwood is more likely to get scratched by the tables and chairs that are continually being dragged back and forth.
On the other hand, wood floors are warm to the foot which is a luxury when walking barefoot. They are also a beautiful addition to any home. Tile floors, unlike wood floors, are very cold to walk on barefoot. They also require a certain amount of upkeep just as wood floors do. In fact, marble tile floors have a tendency to lose shine, develop yellowing, end up as uneven and develop cracks. Anyone with a marble floor will need to invest in marble polishing as well as quite possibly marble restoration in the future. Of course, marble tile floors do have their pros, as well. They can be incredibly beautiful as well as easy to clean every day spills and messes.
So which is better? They both have similar qualities of pros and cons. They are both very popular and very pleasing to the eye. They both have a tendency to wear over time and require maintenance. When it comes to risks, though, marble tile does not have the tendency to warp like hardwood does in areas like kitchens where water spills are frequent. Marble tile can also handle chairs and tables being dragged back and forth on them as well. Since this is the case, it is advisable to choose marble tile for the kitchen and dining room areas and then wood floors for hallways and common areas. Of course, it all comes down to the personal preference of the homeowner, themselves.