Adding flooring to your home doesn’t always mean replacing an entire home’s worth. Sometimes you have to update one room while another room remains with the original flooring. The contrast can be quite beautiful and increase your home’s value if done well. Keep in mind when wood floors are laid beside tile, there is a crucial second step that must be considered.
When wood flooring is laid next to tile there is a small, unavoidable gap between the two types of flooring. This is typically called a grout line or a grout gap and will be filled in order to achieve a seamless look between the two types of flooring. This narrow seam is not only natural, its necessary for there to be a smooth transition from one type of flooring to another. So, who fills in this gap?
Many people assume when a flooring company comes in to replace their flooring, and it is incorporated into a space that also has tile, that the flooring company fills in the gap. Unfortunately, that’s a common misconception. After the flooring company is done laying the flooring, the tile company must then come back to grout this space. Why, you ask? Because the tile company that installed your tile will have a record of the exact type and color of tile and grout used in the original installation., Using the original grout color will maintain consistency and hide the new grout line.
The good news is, if you hired us to do your tile AND your flooring, you’re in luck! However, if you did not hire us to do your tile, it’s a good idea to schedule the tile company to come after the installation. Talk to us about when to schedule them to come out; the wood will need a little bit of time to cure. Of course, if we’ve done your tile, we will schedule the grout application when we schedule your installation.
Talk to us about your new project, and where the flooring will meet tile. We will help you select the flooring that will best match the tones in your tile so that both types of flooring pair well with each other. It’s a common mistake to choose a flooring that clashes in color with the existing flooring, and when it comes to floors, it’s not easy to hide a mistake!
Don’t spend additional, unnecessary money; talk to our professionals and we’ll have your room flow look seamless and spectacular!
Due to the myriad of options as of late, many consumers are opting out of real hardwood floors and choosing porcelain and ceramic tile that looks like wood instead. For families that want a sophisticated look without the upkeep of hardwood, this may be a good option.
Wood flooring will look beautiful and shiny when it’s first laid and if you take very good care of it, that look will last a long time; however, if your family is hard on your hardwood, it won’t be long before there are scratches, cracks, chips and dents, causing your floors to need a refinish and reseal every couple of years.
Wood-looking floors are quite easy to maintain and to clean. When tile is damaged, a single or multiple tiles can be removed and replaced, which should be the most you’ll have to do as far as maintenance. You may want to consider a new sealer every 3-5 years to keep moisture from seeping into the tile or grout.
Contrary to popular belief, hardwood floors and tile are close to the same price per square foot, depending on what you choose. The real difference in price is in installation and maintenance. Tile is not as labor intensive as wood planks, making them the lesser expensive option. Technology in the tile industry is so far advanced that you’d have to get up close and personal with a plank of wood to see if it’s the real thing. Knots, grain, shade, and other wood details are possible with tile, meaning even exotic, expensive wood looks are available at a more reasonable tile price.
It goes without saying; tile can give the same warmth and welcoming look of wood without the destruction of a single tree. The material tile is made out of will most likely last longer than the trend of the times, making it a truly long-term investment.
Customizing a unique look or pattern on a wood floor can be quite expensive. With tile, you can mix and match colors, grains, and sizes to create your own unique design.
Wood is really best to be used in rooms with little to no moisture, making it tough to get that seamless look if you want to extend your hardwood into the bathroom or kitchen. Because of the nature of tile, you can get that seamless wood—grain look and have it follow every room in the house.
Make your appointment today to see all the choices in hardwood looking tiles. Discuss with our designers which rooms you plan to install flooring in, and we’ll share the best and newest flooring options there are!