Laminate is a popular flooring material amongst many Akron homeowners because it is durable, affordable, and easy to install. While laminate is most commonly known for its hardwood-look planks, it is also available in stone-look tiles as well. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South have compiled a few facts homeowners will want to know about laminate tile when considering this unique option for their home.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is made up of a fiberboard core, photographic layer, and protective top layer. These are combined through the process of lamination. Laminate floors are commonly installed by interlocking the pieces over an existing floor, or by gluing tiles onto a subfloor. Laminate tile comes in a variety of tile shapes and stone-looks to mimic real stone tile.
Laminate Tile Durability
One reason why laminate is a popular choice amongst busy families is because it is very durable. The top protective layer resists dents and scratches from shoes and pet claws. Some real stone tile like travertine and marble is porous and susceptible to scratching. This makes laminate a great alternative to stone for rooms with heavy foot traffic.
Laminate Tile Water Resistance
Homeowners love tile because it is incredibly water resistant and a great option for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Laminate tile is resistant against spills, as the protective layer prevents liquids from seeping into the fiberboard core. However, laminate can still warp or swell from excess moisture, and is not ideal for moisture-prone rooms. Feel free to use laminate in the kitchen, where spills can be cleaned up easily, but avoid use in the bathroom or laundry room where humidity and puddles could ruin your floors.
Maintaining a Laminate Tile Floor
One of the perks of laminate tile is that it is easy to care for. Real stone tile can be difficult to maintain, as it requires the use of special cleaners and must be resealed or polished over the years. All that’s required for maintaining laminate tile, however, is a regular sweeping and occasional wipe-down. Just be sure to avoid harsh cleaners or standing puddles while wiping down your floors.
Cost and Installation
One of the best perks of laminate tile flooring is that it is affordable and easy to install. Real stone tiles are heavy, making them difficult to cut and place during installation. They also require grout and mortar, making them difficult to both install and replace. Laminate tile, on the other hand, is quick and easy to install, and it can even be placed over existing flooring. The product itself is less expensive than real stone, and you’ll also save on installation costs with laminate tile.
Get Started in Akron Today
Laminate tile flooring could be the perfect stone alternative for your Akron home. Contact Floor Coverings International Cleveland South today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Akron areas.
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