Tile is preferred; it sits up high on a pedestal. Yes, the look of tile is initially pleasing and given the price-point, it is usually on the upper end of flooring options and therefore desirable. You feel you've "made-it" in life when you can afford to tile your house without limits.
I have been fortunate enough to have lived in several houses with all flooring options so I feel I can speak from experience. I'm not so thrilled with tile. Here are my reasons:
It is cold on bare feet.
It is too hard to stand on for lengths of time like being in the kitchen or bathroom. Have you noticed the new gel mats being sold? It is for comfort when standing on tile cooking or doing dishes. And I think I've seen them recently designed for bathrooms. This one below is described as an "anti-fatigue mat" - and it's not cheap. After you spend oodles on tile, you have to spend more on mats covering it so you can stand for any length of time. Odd?
Tile is not safe for kids. I would have a paralyzed (or dead) child if we had tile in our previous house. I watched him fall - in that slow motion I-can't-get-to-him-fast-enough-fall - and he landed on his forehead with neck turned and feet up over his head. Luckily, we had vinyl and he only got a big egg on his head.
It is also very slippery for socks and sometimes bare feet. We have a no-socks rule in this house.
It is not fun cleaning the grout. No matter how much you try to keep the grout clean, it always looks dirty. I have yet to find the right mop system that works on bumpy tile and can get into the grout lines. (I recently ordered a new mop so I'll update you if it works.)
seriously, how do they clean that?
Also, it is porous - whatever liquid spills on it, some of it will seep into the grout. With 2 young boys, the tile in the bathrooms will have a never-ending urine smell. I just bought a new product to help alleviate this, but the damage has already been done.
So as we update our house, my jury is still out on tile. Love the look,
not the practicality. Am I nuts?
What about you?