The Kitchen Floor Conundrum: Wood or Tile? Or Perhaps Luxury Vinyl?
Updated: Feb 18
There are many decisions to make when preparing a home for sale and as many Sellers consider the flooring options available to them, the perpetual question of flooring choice arises: Wood or tile?
There's no doubt that wood floors are highly desired as we enter the 2021 buying season. In fact, many wood floors rank very high on most Buyer's wishlists. However, there are pros and cons of each type of flooring with plenty of other options to consider.
Hardwood floors are luxurious, warmer and softer underfoot than tile floors. Most homeowners consider hardwood easier to keep clean (no grout!) and more cohesive to their overall design aesthetic. However, hardwood floors can be temperamental with water leaks, sun damage and scratches from furniture and pets.
Tile floors offer the benefit of high water resistance and are highly desirable in areas that can be prone to appliance or pipe leaks. Although harder to keep clean than hardwood floors, larger-scale tiles can minimize the presence of grout for easier cleanup. Tile floors don't readily scratch, which makes them great for pets but once a tile is chipped, it can be difficult to repair.
Emerging as a popular choice for flooring is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring which is a product that mimics the look of hardwood flooring but doesn't scratch and is waterproof. It's great for kids and pets! Although it's not inexpensive, it's a great option for many homeowners.
Today’s luxury vinyl features some of the most innovative, versatile, and high-performing flooring available. Premium vinyl flooring offers the richness and texture of more expensive natural materials, such as hardwood, ceramic tile, and stone, without maxing out your budget. Offered in tile, plank, and sheet formats, vinyl flooring boasts realistic visuals, easy installation, and a high level of comfort. Unlike hardwood floors, luxury vinyl cannot be refinished.
Luxury vinyl is strong but soft underfoot, maintaining a comfortable temperature regardless of the season. It's also waterproof, which makes it ideal for kitchens or other high-traffic areas. Luxury vinyl tile offers a durable, protective top layer that resists scratches, dents, and stains from family pets. It’s extremely easy to clean, and more protected against drops and spills─perfect for your family’s active lifestyle.