Tile Vs. Laminate In A Bathroom

Posted on: 26 September 2018

One of the best things you can do to improve your bathroom during a bathroom remodel is to update the floor. The floor in a bathroom can be especially worn down, particularly if it one of the bathrooms in a high traffic area. Also, bathroom floors where people take more showers are the most worn because of all the moisture. A bathroom floor, even if it is properly cared for, can be the most worn out aspect of your entire home. Removing your existing floor material and replacing it with a laminate or tile product is going to give you a floor that is much more stylish and also easier to keep clean.

Bathroom floors need to be made out of material that is water resistant and low maintenance. This article compares two of the most popular flooring materials for a bathroom.

Tile

Tile is always popular, but not all tiles are the same. Some natural stone tiles are very absorbent so they are not a good idea. On the other hand, a glazed ceramic tile can be very slippery when it gets wet. There are concrete and ceramic tiles that are very water resistant and easy to clean. But, every tiles floor is going to have grout lines. These lines are always going to be the most vulnerable part of your bathroom floor. Even if you have a waterproof tile, the grout is going to be very absorbent and porous. This means that the floor will need to be sealed every few years. Floors with wider grout lines need to be sealed more often.

Laminate Floors

Laminate floors usually have a moisture shield that keeps them watertight. This means water stays on top of the floor and does not soak in. If you do end up having moisture leak problems, it is probably due to the fact that part of the installation was done incorrectly. Laminate floors, when installed properly, are super easy to maintain throughout their life because they don't need to be sealed. Laminate is waterproof without any special treatment or sealing.

The major factor to consider with laminate floors is their style. The finishes are obviously manufactured with faux prints and a texture to make it feel natural. Some people love these prints and others think they look cheap and fake. It is really a matter of personal taste and finding the best style to match the rest of the room.

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