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Natural Wood Floors vs. Wood Look Tile Flooring

natural wood floorDeciding between natural wood floors and tiles that look like wood can be a difficult part of designing a home. Each kind of flooring has its benefits and downfalls, so you’ll have to evaluate them all and figure out what works best for your home’s needs.

The Pros of Natural Wood Floors

  • Hardwood floors are the real deal. They’re authentic, beautiful, and they can increase the value of your home substantially.
  • You can lower your heating bill with hardwood floors because they tend to keep your home warmer during the winter.
  • If you have solid hardwood installed, the floor can last for more than 100 years with proper care.
  • Many people believe natural wood floors feel more comfortable than other kinds of flooring, especially in the rooms where you spend a lot of time on your feet.

The Cons of Natural Wood Floors

  • Hardwood floors can start to look damaged when people move furniture and other objects over it. Scratches and marks are often common in homes with natural wood floors.
  • Water can seriously damage an expensive hardwood floor, so leaks, burst pipes, flooding and even spills are bigger concerns where hardwood floors are installed.

The Pros of Wood Look Tile Flooring

  • It’s scratch proof! The tiles can resist heavy wear and tear from children and furniture, so you won’t have to worry about ugly marks.
  • Water won’t damage the wood look tiles. That’s why they are great for kitchens and other areas where spills might occur.
  • Wood look tiling flooring can be installed anywhere. Hardwood floors are more limiting and less versatile.

The Cons of Wood Look Tile Flooring

  • Tile keeps your house colder, so you might end up feeling chilly and paying more for your heating bill.
  • Wood look tile flooring can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time.
  • It’s actually more difficult to install than real wood floors.
  • The tiles might not scratch, but they can crack and chip when people drop things.
  • Wood look tile floors tend to reflect more noise, so your house will probably seem louder.

Still not sure which flooring style is the best for your home? Then it might be time to talk to the experts. The experts at D&R Floors and Home Solutions can guide you in the right direction and explain how the installation of either flooring material would work. To speak with a representative or schedule an appointment, call 972-625-4100 or visit drfloorsdfw.com.

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