With many design and color options, ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice, specifically porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is different in that they fire the clay and other natural materials at a higher temperature than ceramic tile. It’s able to take many shapes, making it a popular design choice. Porcelain, especially compared to hardwood, is easier to clean. It’s very water resistant and is easy to wipe down. This makes it a good option for the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudrooms.
With stain resistance and durability, porcelain tile offers a stylish and effective flooring solution. Plus, it emits no harmful chemicals making it a safe and non-toxic option. It also doesn’t emit any VOCs. Having a flooring option that is long-lasting and safe for your family is important. Factors to consider when choosing between hardwood and porcelain are the general use, the room it’s in, and how it fits into your budget.
To recap the main features of each style:
○ Long-lasting and non-toxic
○ Good for the environment
○ Aesthetically pleasing
○ Water-resistant and does not contain harmful chemicals
○ Easy to maintain and clean
○ Ideal for radiant heating solutions
The final factor to consider is the cost. Porcelain in particular is more costly than ceramic tile, but it will be less expensive than installing all-natural hardwood flooring. The material cost of wood flooring will be more expensive. Both styles will require installation and you want to be sure it’s done properly. Ultimately it depends on your budget and the style you’re going for in your home. If you want the classic look of hardwood floors but that’s not in your budget, you can get porcelain tile that looks like hardwood. Consider all the factors including, cost, style, design, health benefits, and how you want to add value to your home.