When you’re considering what type of flooring to add to your living room, the choices are endless; however, ceramic tile and hardwood flooring still remain as the top trending choices, but which one should you pick?
Although ceramic tile and hardwood floors are quite different in construction and installation, ceramic offers homeowners a sturdy, durable and long-lasting beautiful floor, but so does the hardwood. Both these floorings have advantages and disadvantages regarding installation and upkeep.
Hardwood floors fit any home décor and they’re always right. Whether you choose hardwood or more affordable laminate products, there are plenty of choices to select from. Hardwood offers an elegant, classic, timeless look and it’s always in season with a beautiful and shiny finish. Wood flooring works well with everything and it’s relatively easy to maintain.
Another feature of the traditional authenticity of hardwood flooring is that it can be stripped, sanded, refinished, restrained, and restored many times and last for generations. Hardwood can be used throughout the entire house while ceramic may look odd if used throughout unless you’re going for one specific room like the living room. Even in a specific room like the living room, when you install ceramic tile, you’re stuck with what you’ve got because replacing it is extremely expensive.
Hardwood floors come in either solid or engineered planks. Solid wood floors are best installed over a wood type sub-floor where humidity is not present or the boards has to be nailed down during installation. Engineered planks come in narrow or wide planks that look like several planks glued together. You can install engineered floors by gluing them down to the sub-floor, stapling to a wood sub-floor, or floating over a variety of existing sub-floors. Engineered wood floors are more dimensionally stable than solid wood floors and if installed with the floating installation method it will be less costly to install per square foot.
Ceramic is a good choice for living room floors because it is durable and will last for a long time with low maintenance. Since it can handle even the highest traffic locations with ease, you will not have to worry about spills or chips. As long as the floor is installed properly, other types of accidents that may occur are not of any concern or an issue.
Because ceramic is so versatile, today’s modern printing techniques give you a variety of options for creating a floor that is totally unique to you, your home, and lifestyle. Ceramic can be printed with almost any colour or image and will allow you to create very intricate patterns that are vibrant, contrasting, mosaics, borders or accent tiles. It can be made into any shape or layout design for a distinguishing look. However, because it is a hard tile surface, covering its rigid characteristics may make it unsuitable in certain locations, like a living room.
If there are any allergen concerns, ceramic’s surface is hard, solid, and therefore does not tend to attract dirt, dust, pollen, or any other annoying materials. They are easy to wipe away when they do land on the surface and this helps to keep the air free of irritants that can be harmful to asthma sufferers.
One of the drawbacks of ceramic tiles is that it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Unlike other resilient floors or even hardwood, ceramic tiles can’t be softened using a padded underlayment; however, the hardness can be offset with thick area rugs in strategic places.
Given this information, you still might not know which floor would be a better suit for you and your home’s needs, in which case you can contact our team and we will be ready to help you with choosing the right floor and installing it.