Flooring sets the base for what your home looks like. Unlike the popular belief, it does matter what type of flooring you have to get a beautiful home. Yet, we find ourselves at crossroads while deciding between tiles and wooden flooring. It is not just about aesthetics but the functionality and feasibility that affects this decision. Here are some key differences which can help you in making an informed choice.

Wooden Flooring

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Whether it is hardwood, laminate or even bamboo, wooden flooring adds a warm and luxurious touch to your interiors. Here we focus on laminate flooring as it is the most used option in India. Laminate flooring is cost effective and is available from ₹100 onwards per sq ft.

Aesthetics: Along with the rich finish, wooden flooring also adds to the warmth of the room. So if you want a cosy and comfortable feel, be sure to give — at least your bedroom — a wooden flooring.

Installation: Laminate planks have tongue and groove joints, which can be implemented easily. However, make sure the floor is even before you lay them down. Also, keep necessary gaps as wood tends to expand due to heat.

Maintenance: Although laminate flooring is also durable, the maintenance is high as it is susceptible to damage by water. Use a slightly damp mop for cleaning but in case there is any spill, be sure to vacuum it as soon as possible. Don’t drag any furniture over it as it is prone to scratches.

Great for: Adding warmth to your feet in cool temperatures and for homes with elderly folk, as it is slip-resistant.

Pros & Cons:

Wooden flooring is great for cold weather and gives a classy look if combined with other types of flooring. Since it is prone to scratches, it is not a great option if you have pets. It’s better to avoid this option where the rooms are exposed to moisture and water. Grime and dust is a constant concern, so you need to clean it regularly.

Tiled Flooring

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Although tiles have a lot of varieties, we’ll stick to the most popular options, ie, ceramic tiles and vitrified tiles for now. These tiles are made of fireclay or quartz and glazed at high temperatures. They are available in both shiny and rough textures, to suit the vivid requirements. Tile prices vary based on their colour, pattern and type but they are available as low as ₹60 onwards per sq ft.

Aesthetics: Available in many colours, patterns and styles, tile flooring is the trending option for flooring. Whether you want the tile to add to the ambience or provide a striking contrast, you have plenty of options to pick from.

Installation: Tiles are laid on the base coat with cement mortar and the joints are filled with white cement. In case you already have a cement flooring, the tiles can be installed on that using an adhesive.

Maintenance: If your tiles are installed properly, you wouldn’t have to worry about them for a long time. Regular dusting and cleaning are easy as a breeze with this flooring.

Great for: All homes, especially the humid and tropical climates to cool the feet. It is also great in case you have pets.

Pros & Cons: 

Tiles are known for their durable quality, but breakage is something you would have to check on. Since they are slippery, it is advised to bear precaution in case the floor is wet. However, the market also has variants with the anti-slip coating. This flooring doesn’t attract dust or stain easily and is simple to clean.

Flooring adds to the general aesthetics of your room without drawing too much attention to itself. This decision is mostly based on comfort and preferences. So choose the right flooring for your home. For more options on flooring, read this article.

— editor@livspace.com