Many times we here from clients asking what is better for their south Florida house, Laminate or Tile flooring? Well the answer is simple, it depends. Ok so thats not a clear answer, but lets go ahead and look at each flooring option individually so that you understand in what situations or conditions each floor would be idea.
Round 1 – Laminate or Tile
Laminate Flooring was first introduced to consumers about 20 years ago, and lets just say the improvements over the past 20 years are quite remarkable. Now the composition is still basically the same, multiple thin layers of wood, and the price is still quite a bit less than solid wood. Originally laminate was designed to look like wood, however with recent changes in the manufacturing process, the material that is used and the look has really taken on a life of its own. They actually have laminate floors that mimic marble, looks like slate and one made from responsibility harvested renewable resources like bamboo. Its not just all about the looks, its gotta feel good on your feet as well. One of the nice features of laminate is the fact that many actually have a foam base already installed. This can really be comfortable especially here in Florida where many homes have concrete floors on the main level. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are deciding where to put laminate floors in your house. Most laminate is not designed to withstand moisture. You will want to look at the manufacture warranty and what is guaranteed. In most cases you would want to be careful installing laminate floors in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Again, there is always an exception to the rule. Pergo has a line of laminate flooring that actually comes with a warranty to withstand water on your floor for a limited period of time. Think for instance a pet accident, or a child that spills a juice and you don’t realize until the next morning. In the past this would spell disaster and could ruin the floor. Remember to read and understand the product your looking to use, or ask your contractor for his input. We have installed and remodeled many houses of the years and can help you might the right choice for your house.
Ok, so you go that? Now lets take a look at tile and see some features.
Tile is many ways can be compared to hardwood with its timeless appeal. Its considered a premium flooring and can actually boost the appeal of your house when you go to sell it. Similar to laminate, advances in manufacturing has made a number of styles available that really can have people scratching their heads with a “that’s tiles?” look. Styles include marble, ceramic in various colors and textures including some that even look like wood. The obvious advantages for tile is its use in moisture areas of the home such as the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Unlike laminate, tile does not have the “cushion” feel that laminate can give you. For this reason many people decide not to put tile in living areas or bedrooms. Again your application, house and style will help you determine when you should or shouldn’t use tile. Just keep in mind that if there is a thought in the back of your mind that you plan on selling your house in the future, keep you tile choice more neutral. Removing tile can be an expensive project and extremely dusty most of the time requiring professional assistance.
So who is the clear winner? Well there isn’t one, we are going to have to call this one a draw! As with any projects you have around your house, careful planning and consulting a professional can help you make the best decision for your house.