Angie's List: Pros and Cons of Wood Tile Flooring

Angie's List: Pros and Cons of Wood Tile Flooring

(ANGIE'S LIST) - If you love the look of wood flooring, there's a new option surging in popularity you might want to consider. More and more homeowners are ditching traditional hardwood flooring in favor of wood-look tiles. Advancements in technology and printing have allowed manufacturers to perfect the process of duplicating the look of wood in tile form.

These tiles come in a wide variety of colors and finishes and are giving real wood floors a run for their money.

Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks says "Wood-look tile is one of the latest trends these days for anywhere you might have a chance in getting water in your home. So, your kitchen, your bathroom, laundry room, even your basement."

Angie's List also put together a list of pros and cons to help you decide if this flooring is right for you.

Pros:

  • It is durable and you won't have to worry about nicks and scratches like real wood.
  • The tile resists moisture.
  • You won't have to worry about the color of tile fading in sunlight.
  • Different colors, finishes and sizes give you more options.

Cons:

  • These tiles can be cold on a winter day.
  • It's harder than wood. Glass will shatter and it could be a problem if you're standing on it a lot.
  • Finding a match if you need replacement tile can be tough so hang on to any extra tiles after installation.
  • Installation is tricky and if the grout width or color is off, you'll be able to tell right away that it's tile.

Here is a breakdown of costs for a variety of flooring styles

  • Carpet $2-$15 per square foot installed
  • Stone $8-$50 per square foot installed
  • Ceramic/Porcelain Tile $4-$12 per square foot installed
  • Laminate $3-$7 per square foot installed
  • Wood $6-$15 per square foot installed
  • Engineered Wood $4-$18 per square foot installed
  • Bamboo $4-$8 per square foot installed
  • Vinyl $1-$7 per square foot installed
  • Linoleum $2-$9 per square foot installed
  • Cork $4-$9 per square foot installed

*Source: World Floor Covering Association

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