Hardwood floors are a classic and popular choice for many Chandler homeowners. However, they don’t work for every space and situation – for example, you may need a floor that is easy to maintain, or one that is waterproof. In these cases, you may want to consider some alternatives to hardwood flooring.
Wood-look porcelain tile is one of the newest flooring trends available here at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert. Learning the advantages and disadvantages of this product will help you determine if it may work for you.
Advantages of Wood Look Tile
Easy to Maintain
One of the biggest advantages of wood-look tile is that it is very easy to clean and maintain. Made of porcelain or ceramic, they can be mopped, swept, or vacuumed to remove dirt and debris. You don’t have to worry about them being scratched or dented, either.
Another benefit to wood look tiles is that they are more affordable than real hardwood flooring. Hardwood can be expensive. If it isn’t in your budget, tiles that are designed to look like wood can give you the look you want at a fraction of the price.
The last advantage to wood look tiles is that they are durable. Wood can scratch, dent, or warp if it gets wet. Tiles are more durable, making them a smarter choice for those with kids or pets.
Disadvantages of Wood Look Tile
Not as Resilient as Wood
Real hardwood floors can last for decades if properly maintained, and they can be sanded and refinished to make them look new. Unfortunately, tile cannot be refreshed in this way, so you may need to replace it down the road.
Not as Comfortable as Other Materials
Tile can feel cold and hard on bare feet, so you may not want to install wood look tile in bedrooms or family rooms. You can also consider installing under-floor heating or using area rugs to make your floor more comfortable in high use areas.
Wood-look tile is a great option for Chandler homeowners who either don’t want the maintenance or the cost of real hardwood floors. Call Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert today to learn more and schedule a free consultation!
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