Among the many options for flooring in a home, laminate tile stands out as a top contender. This versatile, durable material is easy to install, inexpensive to buy, and offers versatile use and hassle-free maintenance. It is a very resilient material that is simple to install—even a first-time do-it-yourselfer—and is a great, affordable way to get quality, stylish flooring.
Here are just some of the benefits of choosing laminate flooring in Toronto for your home.
One of the common designs used for laminate allows the tiles to mimic wooden floor patterns. This allows you to have the beauty of hardwood floors without the same level of maintenance or installation difficulties. Beyond this option, laminate flooring can be customized to produce numerous different designs, colours, and patterns that can match your furniture or bring together an entire interior design.
Easy to Clean
One of laminate's more distinguishing features is that it lies flat on the ground without any grooves between pieces. This means that laminate lacks the ruts and creases that can hide and trap dirt, spilled liquids, and other debris, which can compromise the look and lifespan of the floor. Laminate is also very smooth and resistant to dirt or liquids adhering to its surface. This doesn't mean you can completely neglect maintaining a laminate floor, but these properties do make it much easier to clean.
Easy to Install
Unlike other tiling variations, laminate is installed without glue or adhesive. Instead, laminate flooring makes use of a tongue-and-groove locking system that allows pieces to be fitted together, similar to a jigsaw puzzle. This makes laminate easy to both install and replace. In the unlikely event that a tile becomes damaged (laminate is quite durable, after all), all you need to do is extract and replace the affected tile. The surrounding flooring remains untouched.
Easy to Afford
Laminate is produced using composite wood pressed together at high temperatures with a hardwood image covering the plank and protected by a polyurethane wear layer. The raw materials are cheaper than hardwood, and furthermore, installation of laminate is approximately 50% cheaper than hardwood. In addition to being easier on the wallet overall, laminate's lower price also means you can cover more floor space at a lesser cost and, should your tastes change, you can alter the style with minimal financial impact.
Durability and Versatility
Laminate is extremely resistant to hard impacts and can shrug off strong blows which might result from dropping large objects, for example. Laminate offers varying thicknesses of scratch-resistant coatings so your flooring can withstand plenty of wear and tear and foot traffic. Since laminate planks are not adhered to the floor, they are able to expand and contract with temperature and pressure changes without buckling or cracking against the subfloor. Additionally, the wear layer protects the plank from dirt, scratches and UV light, therefore they can be the perfect choice for entryways or sun rooms.
As a leader in tiling options since 1933, we, at Centura Tile, have the experience, skill, and supply to bring any vision of beauty to life. To learn more about how you can incorporate laminate tiles into your home renovations, or how to better maintain your existing flooring, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.