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Installing Hardwood Flooring vs. Tile In Your Kitchen

Which is Better?

Hardwood Flooring AuroraHomeowners have plenty of choices when it comes to flooring in the kitchen – ceramic tile to natural stone to hardwood floors and more. Which one is best for your home? Your kitchen floor, after all, takes on a lot of foot traffic and needs to stand up against the drops, spills, stains, and still look beautiful year-round. One way to decide which type of flooring is right for you is by comparing the pros and cons of hardwood and tile.

Robar Flooring is a highly-rated hardwood flooring company. If you are in need of flooring services in Toronto, hiring our experts can make all of the difference.

Hardwood Floor Installation Versus Tile Floor In The Kitchen: Why Choose Hardwood?

Hardwood floors are one of the more sought after flooring types because they are whole-home friendly. You can install your hardwood flooring from your living room and dining area into the kitchen with ease. When comparing hardwood floors to tile, there are a few distinct differences:

  • Hardwood floors are easier on your feet, which is important if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  • Hardwood floors are warmer in the winter.
  • Hardwood floors typically cost less than tiling an entire kitchen.
  • By carrying the same hardwood from your other living spaces into your kitchen, it will give the illusion of a bigger kitchen.
  • Homebuyers today are looking for hardwood in the kitchen, because it is modern, stylish and inviting.

Maintenance Issues To Consider When Choosing Your Flooring

Hardwood floors, especially real wood, are not waterproof. If you do spill on the floor, clean that spill up right away. Also, about every 10 years or so, you may need hardwood floor refinishing, but this cost is minimal. When done by a professional, your floors will look brand new.

Tile floors, on the other hand, have a lot more drawbacks compared to hardwood. Tile floors can crack or chip. Once that occurs, you will have to chisel out the broken tile and replace it with a similar one – if you can find the same tile. If not, you have to replace the entire floor. Grout is another concern with tile floors. It is prone to dirt and grime build-up and if you do not reseal it every year, it could chip away.

A hardwood flooring in the kitchen gives you an open-feeling floor plan and adds natural warmth that tile simply cannot match up to. If you are remodeling your kitchen or debating on whether to keep or get rid of existing hardwood floors, the value and benefits of hardwood are clear.

Are you looking for professional hardwood flooring services? Robar Flooring provides exceptional hardwood floor installation, refinishing and recoating services. Give us a call at 416-822-6184 today.

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring installation. Few of the most common types include:

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.