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    Default Tiles or hardwood floors?

    The house we purchased has hwf in formal lounge, dinning and bedrooms. The family room is old carpet so we want to rip it out.
    The family room for be our young kids, so we're not sure what to put down? We don't want this room to look like a sun room as it is an extension off the kitchen area.

    We also know the kids will be playing with hard toys etc in there!

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    Wooden floors for sure!! I've had both and the hardwood floors were heaps easier to clean!

    We just did our floors 6 months ago and we have DD riding her scooter around the house, she drags chairs to turn lights on , pretty much abuses the floors and they still look brand new. No scratches at all.
    Tiles are colder, harder to clean, hurt more when you fall on them and they do crack. Even an extremely expensive and durable tile can crack if you drop something heavy on them.

    I think it does have a lot to do with personal preference but I'd never even consider tiles, the ones in the bathroom are pain enough and they aren't even white!!!!

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    Wood floors all the way!
    You could even get a nice rug and put that down too.
    Our whole house is wooden floors except the wet areas which are tile.
    Tile is colder, harder to clean and they do crack.

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    We had bamboo in our old house ... Loved it! This time we went for polished porcelain tiles... Such a pain to keep shiny ...

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    Are you sure there aren't wooden floors under the carpet? The only problem with putting hardwood down in that room is that you won't be able to match your existing wood so it will look 'added on'. I would either go a nice looking durable carpet, or a totally contrasting tile (if floors are dark then a light tile and vice versa) with a nice soft rug on top. I think all floors are hard to keep clean, I have renovated houses with wood, tile, vinyl, carpet and am yet to find anything that is easy to keep looking clean for more than 1day.

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    Thanks all.
    The extension family room doesn't have hardwood underneath and isn't connected to the existing hardwood areas (the tiled kitchen leads to it).

    It's not really about keeping clean, more about look and durability.

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    Tiles being cold is a misconception. Heat is retained in tiles better than carpets and wood as they have a greater thermal mass. At any temperature, wood can only be any warmer than a tile becuase it heats up quicker, but it will also cool down quicker. Depending on colour and reflective properties of the tiles however ... some tiles could heat up quicker than others.

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    I love wooden floors. Tiles are supposed to be more durable though.


 

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