Advantages of Hardwood Flooring Over Tile

Posted on January 16th, 2012 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

Ceramic, granite, or marble tile can be a lovely choice of flooring material, but it does come with some significant disadvantages when compared to hardwood plank or tongue in groove flooring.

Breakage

Because all forms of tile are brittle, they cannot flex very much at all.  This means that when a heavy object is dropped on top of them, they tend to break.  It is possible, of course, to replace a single tile, but it is a great deal of work and in the meantime, the kitchen, bathroom or other house area will be largely inaccessible to residents.  The new mortar must completely set before anyone steps on it, in case the tile shifts position and ends up “glued down” in a position that is not optimal.  This would necessitate breaking the tile on purpose in order to be able to install a new one in the correct position.

Hardwood floors, in contrast, have a great deal of flex and give.  While they can certainly be scratched and damaged by falling objects, this can be professionally repaired; all that is required is to contact a floor sanding services London firm.  Tiles cannot be sanded down and refinished the way hardwood floors can.

Bacteria

Tile floors are known to be breeding grounds for bacteria.  This can be a problem at all times, but particularly if tiles become chipped or cracked.  Hardwood floors, in contrast, are not heavily associated with the formation of colonies of millions of bacteria.

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