If you are planning to build or renovate your home, please do not choose the floor casually. On the one hand, the floor you walk on every day is the most used thing at home. And the right type of floor contributes to lighting, visual effects, comfort, and more. On the other hand, it is a decoration that sets the main tone of your room. Nowadays, the wood floor and ceramic tile are two major options for many people. But which one is better? Let's find the answer.

Wood floor 

As we all know, wood is the raw material of the wooden floor. It can be classified into solid wood flooring, laminate wood flooring, composite/engineered wood flooring, and so on.

Advantages of wood flooring:

Sense of beauty: Wooden flooring gives a warm feeling to your home and shows your life taste. What's more, it is highly affordable to bring a natural touch to the interior. 

Comfort: Different from high-traffic commercial sites, the flooring in the living area should be comfortable. The wooden floor is of good elasticity and non-slip, giving a soft and cozy foot feel. Also, it greatly reduces the impact of sound on the floor to make the room quieter.

Installation: The wood flooring is easy to install at a low cost. And it is convenient to remove and even replace the floors when they get damages.

Disadvantages of wood flooring: 

Safety: Poor quality wood flooring will release formaldehyde, which is harmful to the human body. 

Durability: Wooden floor is unstable for its weak moisture resistance. As a result, it is prone to moldy under damp conditions and will arch, warp, or deform after water immersion. This may lead to a relatively short lifespan. 

Maintenance: Wood flooring is not easy to take care of. It requires wax regularly to keep the shine, which can result in high maintenance costs in the long term.

Wear & Tear: The wood floor is not robust enough and prone to scratching, especially for high heels and animal paws. Be careful when walking on it in high heels. If you have pets at home, it may not be suitable for you.

Underfloor heating: First, wood is insulated and not conducive to heat conduction. Second, the wood floor tends to expand because of heating. Don't forget to stay a gap for expansion. Third, keep in mind that heat will accelerate the spread of formaldehyde. So it's vital to select the high-quality one. 

Tile

The ceramic tile is mainly made of clay and quartz sand. It's shaped after grinding, mixing, pressing, glazing and sintering. Therefore, it has great stability, high hardness, non-toxic, and formaldehyde-free.

Advantages of tiles:

Variety: Ceramic tile is available in various styles and colors. Some come with luxury tones that can highlight the modern sense. Similarly, some can act as retro decor for a vintage theme.

Durability: Tile is super waterproof, fireproof, anti-scratch, and corrosion-resistance. Different from the wood floor, sharp objects such as animal claws, high heels will not make scratches on the tile surface. Thus, tile flooring is more durable than wood floors and can last 10-20 years. Recommended for use in the most frequently walked areas at home.

Easy maintenance: Tile has a smooth surface with excellent stain-resistance. You don't need to spend much time on maintenance. Just clean it regularly with a vacuum or a mop, no need for wax.

Underfloor heating: Tile has good heat dissipation. It can help to warm up your home in no time. Moreover, the indoor temperature will generally be 3-5℃ higher than laying wooden flooring.

Disadvantages of tiles:

Cold: The touch of tile is hard and cold. It is uncomfortable to stand up there for a long time barefoot.

Slip: The tile surface is smooth. It is easy to slip on and get hurt when walking. Please be aware if you have babies, children, or the elderly at home.

Installation: Compare to wood flooring, paving ceramic tiles is more complicated. The installation requires lots of labor, tools, grouts, mortars, etc. Likewise, it is hard and costly to remove or replace the tiles.

Wood flooring and ceramic tiles have different strengths and shortcomings. After going through this related introduction, I hope you can pick out the perfect flooring based on your preference. If you need a hand, don't forget your sincere partner - WIFi Ceramics. Please feel free to contact us, we are always here to help you!

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