Laminate or Wood Effect Tiles?
When it comes to flooring, many homeowners are torn between opting for wood-effect tiles or laminate flooring. This debate has become even more relevant as the popularity of wood-effect tiles continues to increase. Both options have practicality and style as their main highlights. The neutral tones and natural warmth of wood are two other characteristics that make these flooring options appealing to both homeowners and interior designers alike. Their brilliant looks and durability are second to none.
Many of our customers have attested to the brilliance of both options. Rather than pick one over the other, they have given both options the seal of approval, choosing different floors for various parts of the home. Although they look the same, it is important to understand the key differences between both floors so that you can choose the product that is just right for your home.
Let us take a look at the perks of both flooring options and why both are so popular.
Wooden floors are very easy to maintain and can last many years of use if the proper maintenance routines are observed. Most wooden floors, as we know it, need only vacuuming or cleaning to rid the floor of debris and dust.
Wooden floors are naturally warm to the feet. They are also very comfortable for pets or
children who love to lay on the floor.
Wooden floors are very stylish like most other flooring options. However, what makes them special is their versatility and the fact that they come in such a wide range of shades and tones. You are bound to find the perfect colour to match your room.
Wood Effect Tiles
Wood-effect tiles are very suitable for spaces with relatively high moisture. They are usually waterproof and withstand very high humidity with no issues whatsoever. When you install them in your kitchen, you never have to worry about spills. Any such can be easily wiped off with a piece of cloth.
They are also very durable. Floor replacement is usually a heavy investment and you’ll want to be sure that your tiles will last. They are as durable as wooden floors, if not more. Their scratch-proof and waterproof properties are some of the characteristics that make them the pick of the bunch as far as flooring is concerned.
One of the main selling points for wood effect tiles is how it performs with underfloor heating. Ceramics conduct heat very well and so it acts as no barrier for your underfloor heating to pass through to heat your home. This makes it a very good solution to ground floor living areas.
So, if you are looking for a durable, water-proof flooring option, wood effect tiles are the way to go. For heavy-traffic areas such as kitchens and wet areas such as bathrooms it is worth paying that little bit extra for the peace of mind that your investment will be long-lasting.
On the other hand, if you are after a slightly cheaper alternative with easier and quicker installation, laminate flooring may be the solution especially for areas such as living rooms and bedrooms.
One fool-proof method of making your home look bigger and more cohesive is using floors with the same patterns. Using wooden floors and wood-effect tiles together not only makes your home flow better but also gifts you the benefits of both options.