Tiles vs. Hardwood Flooring

If you need to replace the floors in your home, you may be wondering which material you should use for your replacement needs. When it comes to flooring, two of the most popular options on the market are hardwood & tile flooring, but choosing between the two can often be a difficult decision. Are you interested in learning a bit more about the differences between the two materials and which one is right for your home’s needs? Keep reading below for more information!

Cost

To begin, let’s discuss the installation cost of the two materials. As expected, tile flooring is generally cheaper to install than hardwood flooring, making it the more economical option for homeowners looking to renovate on a budget. However, the one important thing to note about the cost of hardwood flooring is that it tends to add more resale value to a home, so if you ever decide to sell your property, you’re more likely to recoup the cost of installation with hardwood floors than tile. Just a consideration when choosing between the two.

Durability

Next, lets discuss the durability of the two materials! While hardwood floors may look beautiful, when it comes to scratch resistance, tile flooring takes the cake. If you have a house full of young children, it is often a much better idea to install tile flooring, at least in the rooms that the children spend a lot of time in. TIle flooring is much less apt to show signs of wear and tear, which makes it a better option if you’re concerned you will be damaging your floors.

Feel

While many homeowner’s wouldn’t consider this when thinking about their flooring options, the fact of the matter is that each option feels different on your feet, which may be a factor depending on your needs. Generally, hardwood floors will feel warmer, while tile flooring tends to be colder. In New England’s chilly climate, many homeowners prefer hardwood flooring, but tile is better for particular applications.

Maintenance

Lastly, when it comes to maintenance, hardwood flooring tends to be easier to maintain than it’s tile counterpart. Typically, the most maintenance you will need to perform on hardwood flooring is vacuuming with the occasional mop, while tile flooring will build up grime in the grout lines, and will periodically need to be resealed, while hardwood floor tends to last for decades.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in installing either tile or hardwood flooring in your home, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your flooring needs!

Old Hardwood Floors

Signs Its Time To Replace Your Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood floors in your home, it can often be difficult to tell whether the boards need to be replaced! It depends on a variety of factors including climate, use, maintenance, and more! If you’re interested in learning more about the signs your floors need to be replaced that you may have missed, keep reading below for more information!

Creaky, Moving Floorboards

The first sign you may want to think about replacing your floors is when your floorboards are moving and creaking! If your floorboards are creaking it generally means one or two things; either your floor has aged, or the boards are rubbing together as part of a structural issue. Either way, creaky floorboards are worth taking a look into, as you may find other evidence of damage as you being to dig!

Discolored Wood

Another reason you may want to consider replacing your floorboards is that wood is discolored and worn. UV rays can discolor your floorboards, as can wear and tear, or cleaning products. If your floorboards are discolored, that means they have been exposed to some kind of damage, and it is worth considering a replacement!

You’ve Refinished The Floors More Than Once

Another reason to consider replacing your hardwood floors is that you’ve already refinished them multiple times! One of the greatest benefits of hardwood flooring is that you have the opportunity to refinish the boards, allowing you to easily repair minor damage, or redesign your home with a new color. However, if you’ve already refinished your floorboards a couple of times, you likely won’t have much more board to sand back and refinish. Eventually, this will cause the boards to break as they will be too brittle and weak. Be sure to replace your floorboards after a couple of refinishes!

Water Damage

Lastly, if you find any signs of water damage, particularly water damage that didn’t occur from you spilling something onto the floor. If your floorboards are showing signs of water damage, you could have a leak somewhere in your home, which could damage your floorboards today, and your home’s structure tomorrow! Even if the water damage is localized due to a spill, replacing the floorboards will help make your home more beautiful!

Contact Us Today

Are you interested in learning more about our team’s hardwood flooring installation services? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! You can reach our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your flooring installation needs!