Many homeowners are familiar with laminate plank flooring. This is a commonly used material in home renovations because it is easy to install and looks just like hardwood. However, laminate flooring comes in more options than just wood-look; Floor Coverings International Jupiter offers a selection of stone-look laminate tile as well. Learn more about this versatile flooring below to see if it could be the solution you needed in your Palm Beach home.
What is Laminate?
Laminate is a flooring material that consists of multiple layers fused together to create planks or tiles. These layers include a resin and fiberboard core, a photographic layer, and a protective top layer. While laminate is commonly known for its hardwood look planks, laminate stone-look tile is also available. The only difference between these two is their appearance.
Laminate flooring is commonly touted as a pet-friendly choice because its top layer is highly resistant against scratching. This means that your laminate tile floor will be quite durable and great for high-traffic areas. While laminate can take a beating, it cannot be refinished and instead will need to be replaced every 20-30 years.
Laminate flooring is a better choice for moisture-prone rooms than hardwood or carpet because it is more stable and less prone to mold or mildew. The fiberboard core of laminate flooring is unlikely to expand or contract under moisture or temperature changes, unlike hardwood.
While laminate’s top layer is generally effective at preventing water damage, spills should be cleaned up immediately, as they can eventually soak through. For this reason, it’s best to keep this flooring out of rooms that will inevitably experience puddles and high humidity like the bathroom. However, laminate tile flooring will be suitable for kitchens and basements.
Thanks to laminate’s photographic layer, this flooring can take on many different appearances, including that of stone or wood. High-definition inkjet technology allows laminate tile to look stunningly similar to real stone like travertine or slate. With laminate, any homeowner can get the natural stone look without the hefty price tag and difficult installation that comes along with real stone tile.
Cost and Installation
Perhaps one of the most appealing factors of laminate is its low cost and easy installation. Many types of laminate tile can be installed as a floating floor or can be interlocked instead of using grout and mortar. Although laminate tile will not last as long as real stone tile, it is much more affordable and easy to replace, making the stone-look accessible to any homeowner.
Get Started Today
With laminate tile flooring, you can get the stone look in any room of your Palm Beach home. Contact Floor Coverings International Jupiter today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect laminate style for your household. We proudly serve Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and surrounding areas.
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