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I think to get a reasonable answer to your questions you need to provide a lot more information. For example, where do you live, family size & pets, traffic use & patterns, cleaning preferences, etc.
A caution. I live in FL. We purchased a home with lots of tile. It had a few cracks. I had a tile installer here this morning and learned that the cracks are most likely the result of not laying a pad of some kind (felt) down first on the concrete. The cracks are actually the cracks in the concrete floor causing the cracks in the tile. The tile was installed improperly. So, now instead of replacing 8 tiles we're looking at replacing all the tile for several thousands of dollars. Just my luck.
My choices, and what we've done, are porcelain tiles in kitchen and eating area, family room, living room, and dining room good quality 3/4" hardwood. In the living room we then put in an area rug in the center of the room.
I live in Great Phila area. Right now I live by myself. no pet . middle cleaning preferences. Due to the distance to work, I plan to rent the house out. Currently I have a ceramic tile floor. the realtor told me. Most people would think it is cold to walk on the floor. People prefer hard wood. the house is around 1900 sq ft. I think about convert the house to appeal to general public. Personally I like this kind of flooring. so.. Thanks.
For cold climates and resale value wood is better but you must consider the room, the size and it's function. Is it a mud room or a room with with high traffic. Are you considereing engineered wood or true hard wood which can be sanded and refinshed?
Our kitchen is very large and also very cold so adding tiles would be terrible unless there was radiant heat in the floors. Right now we have high grade Armstrong that has survived were multiple pets and kids but has reached it' shelf life. When we redo the kitchen next year we are going with hardwood.
Tiles crack,wood floors need to be refinshed in time. Most people I know went with hardwood throughout the house and love it.
For tile the subfloor is critical as installed improperly you get cracks.
When we bought our 55 year-old house it had carpet throughout the main level with vinyl in the basement. We remodeled the kitchen, adding cabinets and a 3/4 " hardwood floor there and in the entry hall and office. I messed up hooking up the ice-maker and warped several of the planks in the kitchen floor. That was 7-8 years ago and I felt bad every time I walked on that warped floor. Last week we had it refinished. It looks brand new. Moral or this story: Wood looks great, adds value and can be repaired.
Climates wise PA is like Massachusetts. I need to know more about the pro and con of engineered wood or true hard wood .
I am looking for
Canterbury Signature Engineered
Real Wood Floors engineered
right now .
We put an engineered wood floor (Brazilian Cherry) in our kitchen about a year ago. We love it, what an improvement over the white (!) vinyl we had.
It looks great and is easy to clean. We have a Bruce hardwood in our dining room and living room and I don't think it looks as good as the engineered in the kitchen, although it is in good shape and is original to the house (20 years). In NC, the more wood the better, it's very popular in our area!