Laminate is becoming an increasingly popular hardwood flooring alternative in Olathe homes. However, many new floor shoppers don’t realize that laminate comes in a greater variety than just wood-look planks. Here at Floor Coverings International KC South, we have a wide selection of stone-look laminate tile flooring. This is a great choice for homeowners who want the stone look at an affordable price.
What is Laminate Tile Flooring?
All laminate flooring is a combination of a fiberboard and resin core, a photographic layer, and a protective top layer. These layers are bound through lamination and can come in many different looks thanks to the versatility of the photographic layer. Laminate tile flooring in particular is made to look like real stone tiles, but it does not need grout and mortar to be installed.
Laminate Scratch Resistance
One reason why so many homeowners are turning to laminate is because of its incredibly durable top layer. This layer is very resistant against scratching and dents, making laminate the perfect choice for busy families or homeowners with large pets. Some natural stone like travertine or marble is porous and prone to scratching, so laminate stone tile is a great way for homeowners to get the stone look without having to worry about irreparable scratches.
Laminate is known for being more water resistant than hardwood, as its fiberboard core is more stable and less likely to warp. However, while laminate may be a safe choice in spill-prone rooms like the kitchen, it is not the ideal flooring in bathrooms. Some natural stone tile like travertine is susceptible to staining from acidic liquid like vinegar or orange juice, but stone-look laminate is stain resistant. You can feel safe installing laminate tile in your kitchen or other spill-prone rooms.
Cost and Installation
Laminate is the preferred hardwood and stone alternative because it is so affordable. Just because laminate is affordable does not mean it looks unattractive, however. Laminate is often chosen for home renovations because its beautiful wood or stone look increases property value without breaking the bank. With laminate stone tile, anyone can get the natural stone look throughout their home.
Get Started Today
Laminate tile flooring could be the perfect addition to any Olathe home. Call Floor Coverings International KC South today for your free in-home design consultation and to learn more about our laminate selection. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas.
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