Laminate or Floor Tiles??
Gill Jones

London, UK

#1 Nov 14, 2012
We are completely refurbishing an 160 year old cottage. My dilemma is what to use as floor coverings in the kitchen and bathroom…

I would prefer laminate in both as it would look more cosy and country, but I have a friend who warns me against this as she found that hers swelled up when water was spilt on the flooring..

She advises me to use floor tiles. We’ll be putting underfloor heating in both rooms so tiles wouldn’t feel cold, but I think they look more harsh, modern and cold as opposed to wood.
(I also hate it when the dining room chairs get caught in the grouting joins when you try to get up from a chair in the kitchen ;))

Any advice?

Many thanks!!


Longview, WA

#2 Nov 14, 2012
There are many kinds of vinyl. All vinyls aren't created equally - and I would rely on a good flooring company professional to educate you on what lines will perform well with spills (if you go that route). If you look for flooring at a box store like Home Depot, they probably won't have sound advice. So I would stay away from those stores.

Tile can look modern, but it can also look vintage. If you go that route I would be less concerned about style. Nowadays porcelain tiles can give you durability and any look you desire. What I would consider is that tile has the most labor cost to install. Is that a factor? If you go with tile, you can find a rectified tile and ask the installer to give you 1/8" or less grout lines. Small grout lines and a rectified tile won't give you the dining chair issues.

I might also recommend looking into a few alternative surfaces for your flooring if the vinyls you see locally aren't the look you want.

Marmoleum - it will work well with vintage age of your home. It works fine with radiant heating. You can install in sheets or tiles. The tiles do not require grouting and you wont have the chair issue you pointed out;) You can also spend a little more and have custom borders, even lettering or icons two toned in your flooring with this product.

LVT, luxury vinyl tile - It comes from many manufacturers and some are installed with grout, others are not. My clients love this product.

Cork - the colors can vary. They aren't just avaialble in the natural color of your wine bottle cork. They come in darker neutrals, reds, blues,(you name it) and even metallic.

All products will fail with standing water (unless there is a water barrier like in a shower) If you just live on your floor, and mop or wipe of excess water it should perform well.

I hope this is helpful. I wish you great luck with your project.

Angela Todd
Dave Clark

Indore, India

#3 Feb 19, 2014
In my opinion you should use floor tiles for that cottage because of the so many things you can suffer from using laminate like it can't be sanded or refinished like floor tile , or if it is deep scratched or grooved. It must be replaced.

Since: Jun 14

Davenport, IA

#4 Dec 17, 2014
If you go for laminate you can go for rugs . if you go for tiles yo can go carpets . You can also decide on this basis either carpets or rugs . For more on Hospitality carpets and rugs visit our site

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