Tile vs. Wood Flooring
Bathrooms can be tricky because you have to take advantage of a confined, utilitarian space. They’re not meant to be the most attractive room in a home; yet, they’re used very often. A true test of combining appeal with utilization is choosing out the best flooring. Bathroom flooring usually comes down to the choice of tile vs. wood flooring. Actually, it actually comes down to…
The safe bet
When considering tile vs. wood flooring, tile is the safe route to take for a bathroom floor.
Why? Because it’s more dependable in an area surrounded by plumbing and of continuous water use. Whether it be ceramic tile or porcelain, it’s very unlikely you’ll run into issues if tile is installed in your home bathrooms.
Porcelain tile doesn’t get its name until it has an absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Any absorption rate slightly above the mark and the tile is deemed ceramic. Point being, water has extremely little impact on tile. Mist from a shower won’t have an effect on it, nor will an overflown toilet. Heck, it would even stand up fine against a busted pipe.
Tile withstands the primary bathroom threat posed by a bathroom. Plus, it’s not like tile is a bad look. Tile continues to be a contemporary flooring type and it’s found in many colors and designs. If anything, its appeal is perfect for a bathroom because the area doesn’t see that mcuh foot traffic. Thus, tile and grout won’t be affected as much by unwelcome dirt.
The dangerous wager
In the tile vs. wood flooring battle, wood prevails in terms of risk vs. reward.
The issue with hardwood is its natural porosity (vulnerability to water). Long-term exposure to moisture can doom the beauty of a wood floor. So, in the earlier of example of arrant mist from the shower, an overflown toilet and a busted pipe, hardwood has a a lot smaller chance at survival. Moisture will seep through the seams and discover its way to the core of a plank. Once this occurs, cupping, crowning and cracking can happen.
Beyond the moisture problem, wood flooring is a great option. It looks nice and it’s durable. You just have to decide whether or not you wish to risk a possible 25-30 years of high quality flooring to an unexpected water issue.
There are dependable “wood-like” alternatives to hardwood flooring. Laminate, vinyl plank and engineered hardwood are all flooring selections that make for higher bathroom use. All types are layered with various plywood and fiberglass, making it harder for water to seep to the core.
Engineered hardwood is topped with an actual layer of hardwood. Thus, it’s a great option if you want flooring that has the look of true hardwood and the water resistance of laminate or vinyl plank. Though, since engineered hardwood looks extremely similar to true hardwood, you’ll find it to be priced in the same ballpark as true hardwood.
Ultimately, it’s up to you, the Dallas, TX homeowner. Tile vs. wood flooring…you take the safe bet and go with tile or the risk and go with hardwood. Or, you can choose the middle ground and decide to go along with laminate, vinyl or engineered wood flooring.
Whatever you decide, know that Toscana Floorings is only a phone call away. Give us a call at (972) 406-8881! We have tons of flooring choices for you and we’ll even complete an estimate and installation. Visit our blog for additional flooring input.