Real Wood or Wood Looking Tile: Which is best?

Are you moving to a new home, or looking to upgrade your floors? When considering the right flooring, there is often a debate of whether real wood or wood looking tile would be best. There are a few differences between the two that could help you make the right decision:

Real Wood

  • Around $7 to $18 per square foot. This cost could be higher depending on the type of wood you select.
  • More slip-resistant
  • Not many selections and colors
  • Has longevity and can be sanded and refinished
  • Harder to maintain in high moisture areas
  • Does not attract dust or pollen
  • Can easily get damaged by water
  • Expands and shrinks depending on the weather conditions
  • Can be loud when walked on

Wood tile

  • Between $1 to $15 per square foot, depending on the selection
  • Is available in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Easily replaceable and low maintenance
  • Easily to slip and fall when wet
  • Can be easily cleaned with a variety of products
  • Can withstand different climates
  • Can handle heavier weight
  • No noise echoes

In terms of durability, both are great options. If you live in a climate where there is a lot of rain or snow, wood floors may not be the best option, as the wood will expand and contract, and there could be extensive damage with continuous tracking of wet substances.

Now, technology has allowed tile to look just as beautiful as hardwood floors, and many times you can’t tell the difference.

For more information on wood floors and wood-looking tile, contact the team at Wades Carpet and Interiors, one of the most knowledgeable flooring companies in Bradenton today!