All the parameters you need to consider before choosing Tiles Vs Wooden flooring for your home.

Don’t hurry into a choice, as changing your home floor is next to impossible!

Parameters Tiles Wooden
Price per sq.ft ₹35 - ₹370 ₹250-₹700
Installation Price per sq.ft ₹20-₹25 ₹50-₹100 ( With polishing after installation )
Standard Size (mm x mm) 250x750,300x300,300x600, 600x600,800x800,800x1600 540x90 1200x120 1200x152 1800x135 1800x185 2100x135 2100x185 2400x210 2420x185 2420x195
Thickness (mm) 5-14.5 mm 10 , 13 , 15, 19
Durablity Less Durable Less durable
Colors, Designs and Patterns Customizable Designs n number of sizes Various colors and textures depending on varnish and wooden slabs pattern
Polish Polishing is not required, Comes pre-polished from the factory. Should be polished after installation
Room of Application Low Traffic Area i.e Bathroom, kitchen Mid traffic areas i.e living room with less moisture and no termites
Aging 10-15 years (Can't be polished) 10-20 years (It should be re-polished after 5-6 years)
Hardness ( Mohrs Scale ) 7 to 9 (for porcelain tiles) 5 to 6 (for non porcelain tiles) N/A
Slab Shape Square, Rectangular ,Triangle ( Depends Manufacturer ) Rectangular (Rest all shapes should be cut manually )
Finish available Glossy,Matte,Glazed,Polished,Textured,Unglazed,Honed,Lappato Glossy,Matte.
Thickness Tolerance ±1.5mm ±2mm
Installation Easy to install , as no post process required Easy
Cracks Tiles are less harder compared to marbles. Any cracks developed, then the tile should be replaced with newer one. Any cracks developed can be resolved using a sealer and then polished.

Note – The above parameters like durability, aging, maintenance are based on considering a room of a house with a decent amount of traffic.

Advantages

Wooden Floorings

  • Easy installation
  • Available in various no. of colors with different shades of varnishes and wooden patterns.
  • Warm to bare feet

Tiles

  • 20-25 years of life expectancy.
  • Higher scratch-resistant, heat resistant, stain-resistant properties.

Disadvantages

Wooden Flooring

  • Not suggestible for high traffic areas, they will lose the polish.
  • Lesser life expectancy.
  • Higher Maintainance costs, repolishing should be done every 5-6 years.
  • Proper maintenance against moisture and termites.
  • Wooden floors are polished, regular wet mopping is not suggestable.

Tiles

  • Premium material costs are high.
  • Repolishing is not possible.
  • Tiles are heavy in weight.

Surface Finishes

Tiles:  Glazed, Unglazed, Glossy, Hone, Matte, Textured, Lappato, Polished
Wooden: Satin Lacquer, Matt Lacquer

As tiles are heat resistant and stain-resistant compared to wooden flooring. Hence it can be used on kitchen countertops. One of the downside in tile is that you can’t flush the adjacent pieces and make the boundaries seamless but in wooden you don’t have to worry about it until you have a proper wooden floor installer. The tile might break/crack if any heavy object is dropped. Anti-slip tiles are available in the market.

Wooden is softer material compared to tiles. Before installation wooden flooring moisture and termite as to be checked, if unchecked they cause serious damages. Exterior grade ( waterproof ) wooden deck floors available but overall wooden flooring has a life expectancy greater than compared to tiles when maintained well.

A tile cost is fixed because it is manufactured on a large scale and can found in any retail stores but in wooden flooring, granite, and marbles, there are no specific price tags. It’s because they are natural stones and woods from trees, its price depends on its designs, colors, patterns, uniqueness, etc.