If you are building yourself a new bathroom or are undergoing some sort of renovations, you have probably already thought about which type of flooring to use to make the bathroom look exactly how you want it to. The difficult reality is likely that the more types of flooring you look at, the more types you discover. Consequently, you are probably starting to realize that making a decision for which type of bathroom flooring to use is an extremely difficult decision — everything has so many advantages, so how on earth can you decide?
Luckily, we have compiled a list of advantages of going with laminate flooring as compared to tile flooring in your bathroom. Hopefully, this will help clarify for you which flooring is going to be best for your budget, your lifestyle, and your aesthetic goals.
The benefits of laminate floors
Laminate floors can be a fantastic option for your bathroom, especially if you are someone who prefers low hassle, low cost, and minimal worries. It is generally the cheaper option out of all the bathroom flooring options, and it is also easy to install to begin with. As if that was not enough, even the maintenance of laminate flooring is easier than with other types of flooring. It is, therefore, easy to see why laminate floors are such a popular bathroom choice.
The reason laminate flooring is so inexpensive is because it is mostly a synthetic material that is made to look like more expensive materials while produced using low-cost ones instead. Because of its artificial makeup, laminate was built in a way to make it particularly easy to assemble: you simply click and lock it in — nails, glue, and other annoying materials are not at all necessary. It is covered with a nice, thick layer (that is also invisible) that makes for extremely easy clean up. What’s not to love?
The benefits of tile floors
While laminate certainly may seem like the superpower of the bathroom flooring options, the fact is that sometimes people simply prefer tile. It may have the look that the homeowner much prefers, or perhaps it is just the thought of “fake” materials that turns people off of laminate. Let’s look at the benefits of going for tile flooring instead.
Tile flooring is more expensive and more difficult to install, but for people who can afford it, it may be well worth the extra cost. Generally speaking, an expected price can be starting around $4 per square foot of tiling — you will have to measure your bathroom and do the math for yourself.
Tile floors simply last longer than other types of floors. They withstand a lot of wear and tear, perhaps making it the ultimate option for the common spills found within bathrooms and kitchens. Tile flooring is generally cool to the touch, which may be good or bad depending on your climate and personal preferences. Keep in mind that cleaning tile floors can be more of a hassle if you have chosen light colors, as any dirt will be clearly visible — that means you will likely need to clean it more often than with a laminate flooring option.