Laminate flooring is an essential in many local homes, as it offers durability and style at an affordable price. While laminate is most commonly chosen as a hardwood alternative, comes in a variety of looks and can also be used as a stone tile alternative. Of all the stone-look alternatives here at Floor Coverings International Montco, we think laminate tile flooring is a great choice for a number of reasons. Learn more about this family friendly flooring below.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is flooring material made out of a resin and fiberboard core, a photographic layer, and a protective top layer. The photographic layer can be printed to emulate hardwood or natural stone, while the protective layer makes for a durable and scratch resistant coating. Laminate tile flooring comes in squares or non-plank rectangles and can mimic a number of natural stone and tile looks.
Laminate flooring is often touted as a great choice for pet owners because it is very resistant to scratches. Real tile is also known for being a very durable material, but some types of natural stone are porous and susceptible to scratching. This makes laminate tile flooring a great alternative for families who want the stone look but are concerned about wear and tear.
While laminate is great for pet friendly homes, it is not something that can be polished or refinished. This means that a laminate tile floor will have a shorter lifespan than a real stone or tile floor. However, with the proper care, a laminate tile floor can be expected to last up to 30 years.
Laminate tile flooring is more resistant against water damage than hardwood, but it is not recommended for high-moisture rooms. This is one thing to consider before choosing laminate tile over real tile. Ceramic or porcelain tile in particular is especially water resistant and is ideal for humid rooms like the bathroom. Laminate tile will be best for foyers, kitchens, and other dry rooms.
Cost and Installation
Laminate’s affordable cost and easy installation is one reason why many homeowners prefer this tile to the real thing. You won’t need grout and mortar to install laminate tile. Most laminate floors are interlocking and can be installed in a “floating” style above existing floors. Stone-look laminate is more affordable than real stone and could be a great option for families who want the stone look without the hefty price tag.
Get Started Today
Laminate tile flooring is a durable stone alternative that could be a great addition to your Montco home. Contact Floor Coverings International Montco today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our laminate selection. We proudly serve the greater King of Prussia, Lafayette Hill, Blue Bell areas.
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