Laminate is commonly touted as a popular hardwood alternative, but not many homeowners know that laminate comes in tile form as well. Here at Floor Coverings International North Jersey, we love laminate flooring for its durability and easy maintenance. If you’re looking for a stone-look tile alternative, then read our guide on laminate tile below. It may be the perfect solution for your Paramus home!
What is Laminate Tile?
Laminate flooring is made of a fiberboard and resin core, a photographic layer, and a protective top layer. These layers are bound through lamination and can come in varying shapes and sizes to emulate planks or tiles. Laminate tile in particular is designed to look like stone tile such as marble, travertine, granite, and more.
Laminate is a popular flooring choice because it has a very durable surface. Its top layer protects against scratches and dents, making it a great choice for homeowners with pets. While this type of flooring is designed to stand up to heavy foot traffic, it is not made to last forever. Unlike real stone, which can last a lifetime, laminate flooring generally needs to be replaced every 30 years.
Laminate’s fiberboard and resin core is resistant against expanding or contracting due to moisture and temperature changes, while its top layer delays the absorption of liquids. Although laminate tile is resistant against water, it is not waterproof. An unnoticed spill can eventually soak into a laminate floor. You can use laminate in the kitchen or basement, but it is not recommended for water-prone rooms like the bathroom.
While real stone tile might be more durable and water resistant than laminate, it is not super easy to care for. Some stone is reactive to acidic substances and will stain from spilled coffee or orange juice. Other types of stone are porous and will show watermarks.
Laminate tile has the upper hand when it comes to maintenance, as it can be easily cleaned with household cleaners. A simple sweeping will be all that’s necessary for general maintenance, and you won’t have to worry about staining the surface with the wrong type of cleaner.
Cost and Installation
One of laminate’s claims to fame is its affordability. Natural stone tile tends to be very pricy and it won’t be a realistic choice for every remodeling scenario. Laminate tile offers any homeowner the stone look without the hefty price tag.
Installing laminate tile is also easier than installing real stone tile. Most types of laminate are interlocking, and they can even be installed as a floating floor. Unlike real tile, laminate does not require grout and mortar to be installed. It is also much lighter and easier to move around during the installation process.
Get Started in Paramus Today
Laminate tile flooring is a durable and affordable option for any Paramus homeowner. Call Floor Coverings International North Jersey today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect laminate for your home. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas.
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