Walk through a model home, and throughout most of the building there will be a hard surface floor. This hard surface floor is most likely to be tile, however it can look like wood plank. Ever ask yourself why?
I can answer that it is trending recently, and for good reasons.
Tile is going through a manufacturing change. If it is a ceramic or porcelain material, they can now create tiles with better edges. These new edges can allow for smaller and/or fewer grout lines. Tile has a few other benefits over wood (hardwood, engineered, etc.) flooring as well. It maintains better and is often less likely to become damaged by pets' claws. Plus, tile will stay cooler than wood flooring- and is less likely to buckle due to moisture (Why worry about moisture in the desert? Monsoon season- the humidity, damage to you (read more