Hardwood and tile are both classic, tried-and-true flooring options for Austin kitchens. Floor Coverings International Austin is proud to supply various tile and hardwood flooring options to Austin homeowners. We’ve compared the benefits of each to help you make the best decision for your home.

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Durability

Hardwood

While hardwood is a durable option for your home, it’s prone to water damage. Can this stunning flooring option hold up in the kitchen? With some precautions, yes! The occasional spill and dropped pot will have no lasting effect on hardwood flooring, provided the liquid is cleaned up immediately. Standing water will cause irreversible damage to hardwood. This does make it at risk from a flooded sink or dishwasher. To improve the water resistance of your hardwood, choose engineered hardwood planks over solid hardwood. The plywood center of engineered hardwood is less prone to warping than solid hardwood.

Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tile win out in durability – they’re more scratch-resistant than hardwood, as well as completely waterproof. The only downside of tile is that it can be cracked by heavy impacts. Rather than denting like hardwood when something heavy is dropped on it, such as a full pot of water, ceramic tile may crack. Fortunately, individual damaged tiles are far easier to replace than hardwood. Natural stone tile is also an extremely durable option, though many varieties – such as sandstone and marble – are porous and susceptible to stains from acidic substances. Spills of fruit juice or soda, common in a kitchen, can cause permanent damage.

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Appearance

Hardwood

There’s not much that can beat the classic appeal of hardwood. The natural warmth and beauty that hardwood brings will wow guests and raise the resale value of your home. However, hardwood in a kitchen can be a tricky choice, depending on the material your cabinets are crafted from. Hardwood floors can clash with wood cabinets, particularly if they’re in clashing colors – or too similar a shade. It can be done, however, and it can look amazing.

Tile

Tile is one of the most versatile options for your home. Natural stone tile, such as slate and granite, will add dramatic natural beauty to your kitchen as well as raise the resale value of your home. These benefits, similar to hardwood, also have a similar downside: if you have stone countertops, natural stone tile could clash.

Porcelain and ceramic, which are more affordable, can be used to mimic the visual appeal of hardwood and natural stone. It won’t be an exact match, but it can bring a similar visual appeal. You can also choose from a variety of colors, patterns, and styles with porcelain and ceramic – this will allow you to match any kitchen style.

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Budget

Hardwood

Hardwood is known as a more expensive flooring option. While less affordable than porcelain and ceramic tile, hardwood is available at a variety of price points. Engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood, and also performs better in kitchens. When choosing a hardwood species, look for widely available and local options, such as oak and hickory. These will be less expensive than exotic or less-common woods.

Tile

While natural stone tile can be expensive, porcelain and ceramic are an excellent budget-friendly option for kitchens. Porcelain and ceramic are also long-lasting, making them the perfect budget-smart choice for your kitchen.

Get Started in Austin Today!

To learn more about your hardwood and tile options, give the team at Floor Coverings International Austin a call! We’re happy to help you find the perfect flooring for your kitchen. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Austin, Westlake and surrounding areas.

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