But it really fit in with the design and decor of the rest of the home.
You really have to consider the overall impression. Some people will always prefer tile, some will prefer hardwood. As Dave says, everybody hates laminate.
If you go for tile, remember that you don't get too many second chances when you drop a wine glass on a tile floor.
Buy the floor that looks best in your home.
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Quite a few good answers to this one. I can say definitively hardwood floors are the choice around here with the older homes we have. I've seen some remodeling jobs where tile was used, and it doesn't really work from an aesthetic standpoint, especially if you're talking about living rooms. I think tile works better in the newer homes you have in your neck of the woods but, when you go to sell, if you're not staging it, leave one of your area rugs to warm it up a bit. Area rugs are nice with hardwood floors, too, of course, but the wood already has a warmer "feel" than most tile.
In order to avoid scratches with wood, put felt pads on the legs of furniture that is moved frequently; remove your shoes when you enter your house; and keep it as clean as you can... a pretty big order if you have kids or pets. When it needs a good once-over, you may not need to sand.... friends and clients of mine have had good luck with http://www.joysfloors.com. Lots of good info there about wood floors, too.
Enjoy your home!
Bottom line, choose what YOU would look for in a home when looking and ENJOY!
Back to salability: if two homes are side-by-side and identical EXCEPT one has tile and the other has hardwood â€“ in my experience, buyers will go with the home with hardwood floors. In the home with tile floors, they frequently ask me the cost of replacing the floors with other options.
http://www.lowes.com/Wood-Look-Tile/_/N-1z0y8zw/pl I live on the water, and am considering this because of the humidity. You would sacrifice that "softness" that wood has under you feet.
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In areas with warmer climates it is better to have tile because it is cooler than wood. In cooler areas the wood is warmer. So ask yourself, "Would I rather be walking on wood or tile most of the year?" Of course tile can have a heating pad underlaid which would then make it warm even in the coldest of weather an dadd to the value of the home.
Wood is very attractive, however, it can scratch. SO if you have big dogs or young children (with toys that can scratch the foor) it can be better to use tile since you don't have problems like this. I have even seen women's heels and rocking chairs leave marks in antique hardwood floors!
If you decide to install tile just be aware of the grout you select. Darker grout doesn't show dirt as easliy as lighter tile, but it can still stain. Just be sure to use a good sealer. And tile can chip! A dropped coffee cup or can good can leave a permanent flaw or even crack a tile. Be sure to look at the tile you select. It is best if the color of the backing is similar to the color of the tile since then if there is a chip it isn't glaring. Better yet, use stone, it is the same all the way through. Just be sure to seal it. And have it professionally done. It will generally be guaranteed for many years and it is definitely worth the money.
The infromation, generally form others, good. To highlight it depends on the decor of your home and the quality of the materials used. Travertine tiles will generally add more value than wood, depending on the decor of your home but if your home is tiny and has a lot of nooks the gradeur of the travertine will be lost and wood will be a better choice, for example. If the same owner decided wood was the best, dark wood in small homes make them feel dark if not porperly lit.
I generally advise people to talk to designers on these matters. In our area there are many good ones who can provide assistance. Make some calls and do phone inverviews. See if you can find one at a modest cost who can serve whatever level of service you like. (From the low end where you pick materials and colors and you pay for their input to help with finishes to the full service where they pick colros and materials based on your construction budget.)There are so many colors of tiles and woods that proper finish selection is curcial.
A nice large tile can also be nice, but they make a home colder, and are harder on the feet.
If you want some advice on where to buy at a great price, let me know.
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My vote is for hardwood - it's the safe route to go, and everyone seems to want it these days, even in kitchens (my personal preference is for tile in the kitchen, but I seem to be in the minority)
I find it amusing that 40 years ago, the builders (in this area, anyway) included hardwood floors as part of the base price in their homes. Most people back then immediately covered the hardwood with wall-to-wall carpeting. That was "in" back then. The good news is, when selling a 40 year old house, that still has the w/w carpeting, the floors under the w/w are usually pristine, and have never been walked on!
My only suggestion is to go with "real" hardwood, not pergo or any other laminate.
Really put some thought into how the materials transitions, avoid trip hazards.
If you are in an affluent area consider using travertine, it can be gotten for almost the same price as an attractive porcelean tile, and offers superior, thermal and acoustic properties.
Good luck on your sale.
Sunil Sethi Real Estate
Selman and Associates
Lake Havasu City, AZ
If it is for strictly resale value the answer is hardwood. In fact hardwood flooring is the ONLY type of flooring that adds actual appraisal value to your home. while beautiful tile will surely increase the desire and sellability of your home, hardwood adds actual dollars onto the appraisal.
Robert A. Martini
Keller Williams Real Estate
Thanks to trulia and 57 responses.....you will now be able to ......enjoy your beautiful new hardwood floor!
All the best...........
ps..and Heinz thought they had the market on 57!
Truthfully speaking, both are beautiful choices that will result in a nice amount of resale. However, I believe the answer to which one more specifically you should choose will be dependent on factors such as where you live, your style of home, your personal preference, more than anything else.
Thanks for your question!
Make sure yours is professionally installed and that you choose a product that will hold up to your lifestyle (and to any family members and pets)
For instance, tile is much more popular in Florida and Arizona, hardwoods in the Northwest. Also, the general style of the house.
Also, it would depend on the quality of the wood and quality of the tile.
That is a difficult question to answer, as every buyer has different preferences.... If you choose hardwood, do you do light, medium, dark?
Goodness, that's not a very clear answer............
But, here's one good rule of thumb when thinking of RESALE --- Neutral style, neutral colors....
If you are looking solely at resale,.. I would say go with the least expensive that will also cost the least to install,.. if you are planning on being in the home for several years,.. go with what suits you, your decor and your tastes best,.. but stay away from off neutral colors as those will inhibit your sale in the future.
However, if you are planning to live in your home for more than a very short period of time - why not choose whichever one makes the most sense to you?
Furthermore, you know how the saying goes; it you choose light wood, the buyer will want dark. If you choose a tile floor, the buyer will want wood. Enjoy your home and choose whatever YOU like the best!
Tiles have gaps between them. That makes it harder to keep clean.
I like good old fashioned linoleum. Not fancy, but easy maintenance.
If you mean floor tile that buts up against each other with no cracks between that could be a good option. The big tiles with grout, I do not like.
Both Hardwood and Tile are wonderful and will add value to your home. Since what is best is purely subjective choose what works best for your lifestyle. Hardwood floors are warmer but do show scratches - which really add up with a 4-legged friend or small children and fun toys. Tile keep the house cool in warm summers - area rugs help warm things up in winter. Try to choose a beautiful tile design that allows for a darker grout - white and light colours will show the dirt readily. And of course if re-sale is a concern, you may consider consulting a staging-designer whose expertise is not only in design but in resale value as well.
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