Want Hardwood Floors?
But don’t want to worry about all the scratches, discolouration or scuff marks?
Consider installing porcelain tiles that look just like hardwood planks. Porcelain is the strongest and most durable tile material that will have a longer life span than any hardwood floor. The benefits to having a tile floor over a hardwood floor are very significant.
Hardwood and laminate (even engineered) flooring is extremely difficult to maintain. Not to mention how much we worry about someone scratching our new hardwood floors. With all the discolouration, scratches, dents and warps that can happen with wooden floors, we strongly recommend installing a tile floor. Tile requires very little maintenance, unlike hardwood floors that need to be cleaned regularly along with refinishing and resealing every year or so. Tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring are simple to maintain, easy to clean, completely resistant to staining and can withstand more pressure before damage occurs. Simply put, tiles can last decades, with very little maintenance and without showing any signs of wear and tear. If a repair is needed, we can easily remove a single tile without having to take out an entire section of tiles to get at it. The only maintenance that is required for any tile floor is to apply sealer every five years to keep moisture from seeping into the tile or grout.
We have some very cold winters in Canada, and our floors get cold during those times. Only a tile floor can be heated, using the Schluter-DITRA-HEAT in-floor heating system, so you can keep your feet warm and heating bill down during the wintertime.
Hardwood flooring usually costs $10 per square foot, depending on the type of wood you are installing. Porcelain tiles that look like wood, on average, cost $5 per square foot. Therefore, hardwood planks will most likely cost twice as much as tiles. The tile industry has made some incredible advancement over the last few years, creating tiles that look identical to wood. You would have to get down on your hands and knees to see any kind of difference to hardwood. The small details like grain, knots and differences in shade are easily replicated on tile. Now you can get the look of exotic wood floors at a much more reasonable tile price.
Now we can install hardwood-like tiles in places that have high levels of moisture, like the bathroom and kitchen areas. We also don’t have to worry about sunlight discolouring the wood and water warping the planks. Tiles come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 1×1 penny tiles to 24×48 commercial tiles. There are more patterns that tile can be laid out in, like straight, diagonal, staggered (brick), modular, baseketweave, windmill, pinwheel or herringbone. Tile can even be used in replacement of baseboard trim moulding for floors.
Over 15 million trees are cut down each and every year. With porcelain tiles that looks like hardwood, we can help dramatically reduce the amount of trees that get cut down. Tile gives the warmth and welcoming look of wood without destroying a single tree. Tile materials can last many decades, and keep you from worrying about scratching your new hardwood floors.