10 September 2014

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You may not realise it, but you actually spend quite a large amount of time in your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking, eating, cleaning, entertaining, or simply passing through en route to another room, your kitchen will see a lot of usage over the years – and because of this, you want it to be a place that you enjoy spending time in.

When it comes to decorating your kitchen, most people will opt for either hardwood or tile flooring. Both of these options require an initial investment, so before making a decision you need to understand the differences between the two, and the advantages and disadvantages they both have.

How easy are they to clean?

Both hardwood and tile flooring will require a certain level of upkeep in order to maintain their original beauty, especially in the kitchen where there is a higher chance of spillages. One downside to tile flooring is that liquids and dirt can get stuck in the grout lines in between tiles, making them more difficult to clean. By following a few useful tips, you will find maintaining your hardwood floor relatively simple, however.

How comfortable will they be to stand on?

Tile flooring is notorious for being very cold, so may not be the best option if you like to walk around your kitchen barefoot! You will also find that tile flooring has less give than wooden flooring, meaning that standing on it for long periods of time could lead to aches and pains.

How easy is it to fix any damage?

Any room that is frequently used will undergo a certain amount of wear and tear, which is perfectly natural, but what about damage caused by dropped items? Kitchens will contain a lot of potentially heavy items such as pots and pans which can damage your floor if you drop them – both hardwood and tile flooring are prone to this. Any damage to tile flooring is very difficult to fix without replacing the individual tiles, whereas fixing scratches or dents in hardwood flooring is a simpler process.

Will they add value to my home?

The good news is that while they both require an initial investment, tile and hardwood flooring will both add value to your home. Recent years have seen hardwood flooring increase in popularity in all rooms, but especially kitchens, meaning the demand for this option for those looking to buy a new home is higher.

If you’re considering having hardwood flooring installed in your kitchen, we can help. At Just Wood, we stock a wide variety of different types of wooden flooring so you can be sure to find something to suit your tastes.