Tile or Hardwood?

Asked by Nicole Davis, Coon Rapids, MN Mon Apr 1, 2013

We have a four level split located in Andover, MN. Our main floor consists of the kitchen, foyer, dining room, and a living room. We have a sliding glass door from the backyard into the dining room, and a pool in the back yard. We currently have your basic laminate flooring throughout the whole level, and because of the high traffic of wet people in the summer, there is some floor damage. We are looking to replace our flooring this spring, but are having a hard time deciding which way to go. We are thinking of tile throughout the main level, because of the pool, but are not sure aesthetically how this will look in our suburban Minnesota home. Any suggestions?

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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Mon Jun 15, 2015
I think it depends on the type o look you are going for. Tile could look great for your main level. It sounds like it would be the most practical since you have a pool too. https://www.arttileco.net/services.html
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Feb 25, 2015
I want to get the flooring in my home replaced. Hardwood might be okay for some areas. There are also places where I think tile would be a much safer choice like my kitchen.
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jimfurgeson88, , New York, NY
Mon Jan 12, 2015
Tile is a great way to go, especially if you have a pool. It would be easy to clean up any pool water that gets tracked into your house! Aesthetically speaking, you could look for a local company to come out and look at your layout, and make a plan with you which tile would look the best!
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Nov 6, 2014
If you're looking to avoid water damaging the floor tile would be better but not by much. Wood flooring would eventually be damaged by being overexposed to water, but it would take a very long time. Tile, meanwhile, wouldn't ever really get damaged by water. The difference is so small that it really comes down to personal preference. You should go with whichever one you like better.
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Joel Johnson, Agent, Blomington, MN
Mon Sep 15, 2014
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Lynn Sullivan, Agent, Fairfield Glade, TN
Mon Sep 8, 2014
While hardwood has better buyer appeal in the living areas of the home, tile is a better solution for the type of wet traffic you are describing. As a real estate expert AND interior designer, I would recommend using tile that looks like hardwood. It will give you the durability you need as well as the highly desirable wood aesthetic you should have in these areas. For your living room, foyer and even dining room add area rugs to improve the comfort level of these spaces as well as sound quality. Too much tile will create an echo that is undesirable.
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fosterkicks99, , 78052
Thu Aug 28, 2014
Sounds like tile would be a good solution. There are many styles of tile that could enhance and protect your home. You really don't want to be worrying about wood floors if you spend a lot of time in the pool.
Michael Foster http://www.x-tile.net/site3b/index.php/aboutus
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whiskeyjenki…, , Silver Spring, MD
Fri Jun 6, 2014
We just switched from tile to hardwood. While the tile lasted a long time and did us good, it was time to replace it. The hardwood looks a lot nicer in our home.

Will Jenkins | http://www.benwoodinteriors.com/services.html
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Boyd Garth, Home Buyer, Pittsburgh, PA
Tue Jul 30, 2013
I really like the tile, but I do like the idea of mixing the glass tiles and the other, really look into that
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Jerry Sather, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Minneapolis, MN
Thu Apr 4, 2013
I fall in to the category of a mix of the two. Work out a design that would allow some tile in front of the door area that transitions nicely into the hardwood. Maybe a nice curved transition or something like that.

Remember, those tiles will be cold in our MN winters unless they are heated so having the entire area tile will lead to some chilly toes.

Just my 2 cents.

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Donald James, Agent, Edina, MN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
It looks like equal votes so far. A more practical approach may be putting down the floors you want and controlling the "wet people." Is there a reason they can't towel off near the pool and wear sandals or flip flops into the house?
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Debra Lach, Agent, Coon Rapids, MN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Tile is a great way to go especially if you are tracking water through the house. Any hardwood could cause the same problem down the road. Tile floors will work just fine in MN. I saw a home with tile throughout the entire upstairs and downstairs and They stayed with larger tiles and the tiles were done in an earth tone.
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Christopher…, Agent, Bloomington, MN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
I would just go with tile and then stick with carpet or HW if you want in the living room. Tile is practical and the right choice for water anyways, and it should also be cheaper.

Aesthetically it should look just fine I see it all the time in those sort of splits. I used to think HW was a big deal to buyers, but I walk into newer construction and remodeled homes all the time with the laminate fake stuff and buyers have zero problem with it.

So from an ROI and practical standpoint I would stick with tile.
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I would put hardwood in areas that are less prone to wetness, like the living room and use tile near the pool area or part of the first floor that is more prone to wetness. But what about the idea of people not tracking in water everytime they come into the house. Is that possible? Can't they take off their wet things before they enter?
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Christopher…, Agent, Coon Rapids, MN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
You could break it up and do alittle of both, Tile kitchen dining foyer room area and then run wood or carpet in the living room, They also have planking tiles that look like wood, several different textures and colors. This option gives you the best of both worlds!
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Although wood floor is more desirable and appropriate overall, you need tile anywhere there's likely to be a lot of moisture. The moisture will destroy a wood floor.

Hope that helps.
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Christina Pa…, Agent, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
I agree with Matt on the Wood flooring.
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Matt Ashworth, Agent, Coon Rapids, MN
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Wood will be better for you in the long run, and better for resale. Perhaps consider a tile "landing" of sorts in front of the sliding door?
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Have you seen something like this before? The sliding glass door to the deck and pool area is right in the dining room. That was our initial thought, for tile in the foyer and and small area by the sliding glass... but again, aesthetically, weren't sure how it would look.
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