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Selecting your finishes is arguably one of the most exciting and enjoyable stages of building your new home.

Most people gravitate to either timber or tiles, but when it comes to flooring, making a decision can be easier said than done!

Before you come to a final conclusion, we always recommend that you consider the pros and cons of each option.

Lifestyle & maintenance

Do you have young kids? Or perhaps you have pets (with some pretty gnarly claws)? Unfortunately, wooden flooring isn’t invincible, and you may quickly notice signs of wear and tear thanks to the young and furry ones in your family. Certain timber is more susceptible to scratches if you’re dealing with pets and kids running around.

While timber flooring pairs wonderfully with most settings, it might meet its match with large amounts of foot traffic through your home. 

On top of this, the quality of wooden floors can be affected by humidity and moisture. To keep your wooden floors in shape, you may have to engage in professional sanding, staining, waxing and polishing from time to time.

While timber isn’t invincible, tiles might just as well be! In general, tiles are much more resistant to wear and tear. Not to mention, they are a breeze to clean in the event of any spillages. But beware, this may not apply as well to lighter coloured tiles.

Climate

If you live in a climate that’s predominantly cold throughout the year, tiles will not be your friend! No one likes those torturously freezing tiles first thing in the morning, or when you’ve just stepped out of a hot shower. So be aware of this if you live in the southern Australian regions.

For those who are eco-conscious, timber presents itself as a ‘greener’ choice. It also carries better insulation properties, meaning the possibility of reducing heating costs. A win-win all around.

Affordability

In general, tiles are more affordable than timber. However, one of the main downsides of tiles is that they can be hard to replace or repair down the line. Some tile ranges will be discontinued after a certain period time, and that means you can’t replace the 1 or 2 that might have been damaged. We suggest investing in some extra tiles to save for later, just in case.

Variety

The best part about both timber and tile options is the unique character their varieties can bring into different spaces of your home.

Whether it’s ceramic, stone or marble, tiled flooring can give your home a super modern edge that might be exactly what you’re going for. Industrial chic home decor styles have been trending in recent years, and such tiles are an easy way to achieve this aesthetic.

From white oak to jarrah and maple, there’s a whole spectrum of grades and textures in the realm of timber floors. If you’re working with a coast aesthetic, or heritage features in your home, this is a timeless option. If you dare, venture out of the norm and experiment with something like the classic herringbone designs.

After all, Australia boasts some of the best timber in the world, so why not take advantage of this in your new home?

If you simply can’t choose between the two, a neat compromise does exist. Believe or not, faux wood tiles are now available and they can look completely authentic. Timber-look tiles will give you the rustic, warm look of timber with significantly less maintenance.

That’s our POV on timber versus tiles, with a footnote thrown in at the end with a hybrid option - timber-look tiles! Consider the look and feel of your home, the climate, heritage or modern features, and apply the solution that fits you best. Remember, you can always use both options throughout your home and create different atmospheres in different rooms. Now, it’s over to you and your local flooring specialists. Good luck.