Hardwood Versus Wood Look Tile: The Pros and Cons

Hardwood Versus Wood Look Tile

When you’re considering flooring options for your home, it’s important to spend some time deciding what style and material you want. There are many different types of floor surfaces, and certain flooring materials that are great for a bedroom might not be ideal for a bathroom (can you imagine a carpeted bathroom? Yuck!). Once you’ve narrowed down the vast selection of flooring options, from marble to natural stones to wood, let’s say you’ve decided you love the look of wood. But, do you want to go with natural hardwood, or have you considered wood look tile instead? In our previous blog, we touched on some of the benefits of wood look tile versus real wood. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the subject and weigh the pros and cons of wood look tile versus hardwood flooring.


When you invest in renovating or building your home, of course you want to choose materials that will last. Hardwood floors do last for a long time, in fact, they’re often seen in homes 100+ years old! However, they tend to warp over time especially in high traffic areas. You see, hardwood is a much softer material compared to tile, so even though it will “last” it won’t keep its original look. Hardwood floors are also easily scratched and water can damage the wood.

Porcelain wood look tile, on the other hand, is much more durable. It’s almost impossible to scratch tile, it won’t warp over time, and it’s water resistant. Wood look tile can be a great alternative to hardwood, especially in areas that tend to collect moisture like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. One of the only potential drawbacks to tile is that it can sometimes chip or crack. This generally only happens when it’s installed incorrectly. At Island Tile our team of professional tile installers has years of experience so we guarantee expert installation. With us, there’s no need to worry about cracks from poorly laid tile!


Generally speaking, wood look tile is a less expensive alternative to hardwood. Of course, this depends on the type of wood or tile as well as the cost of installation. According to Improve.net, the installation cost of hardwood flooring is around $4,000 per 500 square feet, and the average cost of tile installation is about $2,000. These are only general estimates, and the type of hardwood or wood look tile will factor into the overall cost. But, the general consensus is that wood look tile is the more cost-effective option.


One huge advantage wood look tile has over hardwood is that it come in so many different styles. Since faux tile is man-made, there are more options to choose from compared to hardwood. Looking for a light grey-white wash, grainy wood look? There’s a wood look tile to match your exact specifications. How about a daring, paint-splattered tile look? We don’t think you’ll find hardwood like that! Although hardwood offers some beautiful, classic styles, there are so many more options with wood look tile.

The bottom line is that the choice to opt for hardwood flooring or wood look tile is entirely up to you, based on your preferences and budget.  Although hardwood flooring is certainly timeless and beautiful, wood look tile is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability, affordability, and the variety of styles available. Before you make a decision be sure to stop by our showroom in Melbourne, FL to look at the wood look tile we offer. Island Tile has been proudly serving Brevard County and Central Florida for over 30 years, and our dedicated team of design experts and professional installation techs are here to help you transform your house into the home of your dreams.