Timber Vs. Tiled Flooring

  • Timber floors vs tiles

The importance of choosing the right flooring for your home can’t be exaggerated. Flooring influences everything including the value of your home, how hygienic is it and the overall design aesthetic. Often builders, renovators and designers find themselves at a point where they are choosing between the two most commonly used flooring types, timber or tile, with numerous variants falling under each of these categories. Here we look into the two options and unpack the advantages and disadvantages of timber vs tile flooring to help you make an informed choice.

Timber vs Tiles

Timber Flooring vs Tiles – Aesthetic

There is something stunningly timeless about a timber floor. Whether it appears in a residential setting or commercial space, the level of character and warmth wooden floors exude is undeniable. Its classic charm transcends trends and can evolve to work with changing décor with countless stains and textures to suit any taste. Whether it’s hardwood timber or an engineered timber product, a timber floor is a valuable addition to any home interior thanks to its enduring organic aesthetic that doesn’t go out of style. Timber can be laid in a number of ways to enhance the look of the wood grain itself and overall room ambience, including parquet, herringbone, staggered and diagonal to name a few.

When comparing timber to tile, the latter also provides homeowners with a wide range of choices and varying degrees of quality including ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate, to name a few. Colours, shapes, designs and sizes are aplenty and generally lend themselves to delivering a contemporary and minimal look in a space, meaning décor and layering of textures through furniture and styling is required to bring warmth. It’s possible to also source a timber-look tile, however, when compared to hardwood or engineered timber the quality and ambience are notably compromised.

Timber Flooring vs Tiles – Comfort

Many people want their homes to exude a sense of ease and holiness, so choosing the right flooring is vital. Unlike timber flooring, a tiled floor is known to be colder and harder making it an ideal choice for climates where the temperature is often hot. However, for most Aussies who experience the ups and downs of the weather, timber flooring is better suited to the variations in weather patterns. Thanks to its insulator properties and natural composition, timber floors provide warmth in winter and coolness in summer with the added benefit of natural bounce to make it easier on muscles and joints. This natural give and the fact that tiles are sometimes slippery means that timber floors offer a softer and safer surface for small children or people with special needs.

Timber Flooring vs Tiles – Cleaning and Maintenance

A home’s floor bears most of the brunt of daily life, whether it’s spills, dents, cracks or scratches, it’s almost guaranteed at some point, maintenance will be required, on top of the day-to-day cleaning. In general, timber floors are lower maintenance when compared to tiles, and when looked after properly can last a lifetime. Damage to timber floors may be able to be sanded out and refinished, and if occupants or the style of a home changes, a timber floor can be updated coloured with an alternative stain. When it comes to cleaning, timber floors require only regular vacuuming or sweeping with the occasional damp (not wet) mop using a recommended cleaning product. For more information on maintaining wooden floors, check out our articles on Cleaning Timber Flooring.

Tiles are also appreciated for their strong composition and resistance to staining and moisture, however, they can be more difficult to repair and clean, depending on the type of tile and the damage incurred. Plus, if they’re not maintained properly, tiles can devalue a space due to discoloured grout between tiles retaining dirt. Grout is notoriously hard to clean but there are some products on the market that can help with this. What’s more, if cracked or chipped, tiles are difficult to repair and colour match if purchased from a different batch. It’s always recommended builders and renovators purchase additional tiles from the same batch to be able to make repairs as needed. Thinking ahead like this obviously requires an additional monetary outlay and space to store the tiles until needed.

Timber Flooring vs Tiles – Useability

Both timber and tile flooring offer homeowners and builders with the option to be used in nearly all areas of the home. Depending on the ambience you desire, there’s an option out there that will perfectly suit and bring together your desired design.

Tiles are generally the preferred choice for wet areas such as laundries, kitchens and bathrooms thanks to their water-resistant composition. In general, timber isn’t recommended for wet areas as water on the floor and high humidity can damage wooden floors. However, if you have your heart set on the timber look, you’ll be pleased to know Back To Timber stock Quick-Step’s Amato engineered timber flooring which is both moisture and stain resistant. If you want to know more about alternative waterproof flooring products available at Back To Timber, read our article Waterproof Flooring Options for a complete run-down.

When designing your home, flooring selection is a critical decision point. Although both timber and tile have great benefits to offer homeowners, they must be carefully weighed based on factors such as maintenance needs, visual appeal, comfort levels and price points. Taking the time to consider these elements up front can help ensure years of lasting satisfaction with your new floors!

We recommend visiting us in-store to discuss your plans with one of our flooring specialists who have the experience and knowledge to guide you towards the best option for your budget and style.

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