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Laminate Flooring vs Floor Tiles

We believe that flooring along with walls are the two main contributors to the ambiance in any home. Walls are slightly more simplistic as you choose paint colours that you fancy will compliment furniture. Floors are slightly more complex as there are so many options to choose from.

These days we are less likely to stick to the traditional adage of carpeted bedrooms, with the rest of the house being tiled. With far more options, we are spoilt for choice in order to  keep warmth in the home. Having a tiled look, that resembles a wood look, has become trendy and more common in the household.

This blog will simplify our options and have a look at the pros and cons of the two most popular options, these being floor tiles and laminate flooring. We compare the two but keep in mind that we are looking for a product with longevity and durability.

Differences between both floor tiles and laminate flooring

1. Style

Laminate and tiles both boast an extensive variety of texture and look. There is a huge range in the market for both these options that can be considered in various homes. Laminate can realistically replicate the natural stone look while tiles have been engineered to resemble that of wood. Laminate flooring has a large wood-look selection, while there are a lot of tiles that resemble natural stone.

2. Installation

Laminate flooring has been designed in a way that makes it user-friendly and easy to install as it uses an interlocking system. This form of flooring does not require time for grouting to dry or glue to set. Without the knowledge or patience to install ceramic tiles, it is certainly a longer process that is harder to get accurate, if not done correctly.

3. Maintenance & Flexibility

Both laminate and tile are easy to clean, although tiles are more durable and resistant to animals and scrapping furniture as it is less likely to scratch or chip. Laminate is more prone to fading and requires more maintenance as certain products need to be varnished, oiled or waxed. Laminate is not totally resistant to moisture and excessive amounts could lead to damage, affecting overall appearance and performance.

Tile flooring is regarded one of the most flexible and long lasting flooring options, depending on the grade. Porcelain tiles are more sturdy and durable. As they are less porous, they are less prone to cracking or absorbing moisture. This makes this tile ideal for any room in the home as well as outside the house.

4. Cost

Laminate flooring is considered a cheaper option as its mass produced using low-cost materials. This is seen as a great mid-priced flooring option, but there is the exception of more expensive hardwood flooring or cheaper vinyl that could be considered, depending on your lifestyle and flooring needs. That being said, tiles are made to spec and the price is certainly dependent on the quality. While tiles may be slightly more expensive initially, they last longer, are seen to be more durable and require less maintenance or replacing, therefore decreasing future costs and often this tried and tested product is a preferred option.

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