Properly maintaining your new floors can extend the life of the type of floor you choose, and some types of floors are easier than others in this regard. Fortunately, both wood and tile can be durable and long-lasting options. There are only a few things to consider when it comes to wood maintenance, compared to long-term care, tiles are generally easier than wood. You may need to re-seal the wood every three to five years.
Then, once your hardwood floors show a significant amount of marks and scratches, it's time to sand them down and give them a fresh finish. Some people do that work every 10 years. Tile installation is generally more expensive than hardwood (since there is more labor for tiles). In addition, it is often necessary to prepare the floor for the tiles.
The tile should not be installed directly on wood or plywood because it will crack. Wood expands and contracts when temperature and humidity change and tiles become brittle, cracking as the subfloor changes). Porcelain or ceramic tiles can be substantial depending on the material used. Porcelain is more expensive than ceramic tiles, but it is also denser and repels water than ceramic.
Here's everything you need to know about wood-looking tiles to determine if it's the right floor for you. A moisture barrier installed under the floor (made of hardwoods or wood-looking tiles) is a great way to protect yourself from water damage beneath the floor layer. In these cases, tile floors that look like hardwood may be a better option, especially since they can be placed directly on concrete. The tile can be very dense and heavy, and this is something to consider, especially if you are going to install it on the second floor or higher.
Hardwood is also more complicated and requires more time to install than tiles, so the cost of installation can be twice that of tiles. We love wood-looking tiles because they offer the classic look of hardwood with some of the best advantages of tiles. Wood-looking tiles don't have to be sealed, but they can protect the grout from fading and the tiles from breaking or cracking. However, all types of floors have their limits and it is possible for tiles to break, break and be scratched.
In general, if you choose between engineered wood (on a concrete slab) or tile (on a concrete slab), I would generally recommend tile rather than engineered wood, if all other things are the same. Tiles or hardwoods installed on a concrete substrate will reproduce more echo than the same materials installed on a lower layer that dampens sound. Well, if you're planning to never buy flooring again for the next 5 to 10 years, opt for tiles, as it would save you a lot. Tiled floors can keep your home cool and make you feel good, especially if you live in a warm climate.
Tiled floors can seem difficult, as both are fantastic, durable materials that can add beauty and value to your home. Yes, breaking the tile is expensive, as is preparing the floor, and it's often more than the tile itself.