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Laminated wood vs. Ceramic Tile.....

Asked by Mc, Houston, TX Fri Jun 13, 2008

All the carpet in one of my rental need to be replaced. This includes living room, staircase and bedrooms. I want to take this oppty to upgrade it to either laminated wood or tile. Which one is more feasible? From a cost perspective, resale value and ease of maintainance, since this is a rental property. Please advise.

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The decor in the house is part of what you must also consider. Ceramic tile is best for wear in high traffic and wet areas, like hallways, kitchens and baths. Laminate works well and looks good in quieter areas, like bedrooms and offices. Living areas is a tough call.
Despite the 20 and 30 year warranty shown on many laminate flooring boxes, they do wear out. On the other hand, if you have any foundation settling, your ceramic can crack. (Yes, keep some spares tiles or laminates for repairs.)
You can probably do the ceramic for much less than the laminate if you shop around. It is difficult to find cheap laminate flooring that carries a 30-year warranty. In either case, pick your floor covering carefully to match the decor, because you will be stuck with it for a long time. As you have realized carpeting, especially in rental units, is only good for a few years, and just doesn't belong in baths or kitchens.
If your rental has an upstairs, the ceramic can higher cost than the laminate because of the added work and expense of backer.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 27, 2008
I have seen the tile that looks like wood. It is quite amazing. One of my clients has this in their basement. My guess is that it's not inexpensive but it is a great idea.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 20, 2014
I have the ceramic tile wood look and love it. Everyone always thinks their real wood floors, best thing ever made and so easy to take care of. I recommend this over laminate. The laminate is known to come up and the tile is definitely a better choice. Hope this help
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 20, 2014
The ceramic tile that looks like wood flooring is terrific....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 15, 2014
From a durability and cost efficiency, you can't beat tile. I've seen tile floors that looked as good as the day they were installed 10 years later.

Ceramic tile gets my vote, hands down!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 15, 2014
I would upgrade to laminated wood because it has the broadest appeal. By laminated wood, I mean engineered wood, not the product that is similiar to formica. There are different grades of this wood so your floor person can advise you. You may also choose to do both. It is quite popular to use hardwood everywhere except the kitchen, bath, and laundry areas. Wood does not do well with water and it would be a nice break to see tile in wet areas. Prices on tile and wood have both come down and you should be able to raise the rent with these improvements. I currently have wood in the dining room, study, and bedrooms and tile in the family room, kitchen, baths and laundry. It is a good mix.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
I installed expensive laminate flooring (Alloc Original with lifetime warranty) in my kitchen and foyer in 2001. Of course these two areas experience alot of foot traffic,etc. The pros of laminate floors: look great with an inviting warmth; easy to wipe/clean. Cons: the luster finish wears down after a couple of years and is replaced with fine scratches; any water that is left on it especially near the seams, will seep in and cause the seams to raise; do not drop pointed objects such as a butter knife because the pointed tip puncture it! Lastly if the seams and ends are not met up perfectly level you will see the wood color wear off . We are now in the process of removing the flooring and installing porcelain tile everywhere but the bedrooms( we have ceramic in the bathrooms) . I live in Northeast Florida.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 3, 2008
I installed wood laminate in my home. It does not hold up well at all. You would have to replace it as often as carpet because you can't refinish it when it gets messed up and it gets messed up very easily. I would go with ceramic. It will last MUCH longer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 14, 2008
I am in CA, we will definitely go with laminated wood floor instead of tiles if we are looking at living room, bedroom and staircases.

I am surprised at the number of votes for ceramic tiles, maybe that's a regional thing (like Southern states because it's hotter? - I lived in Plano, TX for quite sometime, did not recall tile in those places as a preferred choice, but that's a while back )

Just wondering.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA

I think you are looking at 100% personal preference here. Depending on which tile you choose and which laminate you choose, the cost can be exactly the same. Of course some tile is expensive and some laminate is expensive, it all depends on which brand you select. Laminate will be cheaper to install, and easy enough that you may even be able to do it yourself.

I think it is important to clarify, laminate is NOT wood. It just looks like wood. As far as pets go, the laminate is better than real wood. Laminate does not scratch.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
If you're planning to keep the rental for a few years then tile is the best choice, but be careful and buy one with the color completely through the tile because renters will drop glasses or pans and chip the tile. laminate is going out of style. Whichever one you choose have a good proffesional install it. Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
I have to agree Ceramic is a lot easier to keep clean. Wood or Laminate can scratch pretty easily. Ceramic is easy to clean. Just steam it like carpet. Make sure you seal the grout. That is a real time saver.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 14, 2008
I think ceramic is a better choice over laminate wood flooring any day.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 14, 2008
Hi Mc,

Great question.

If you do not plan on living in the house and want to continue to rent it, I would stay away from wood floors - my choice would be ceramitc - it is clean, fresh and durable.

Hope this helps.

Juan Carlos
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 14, 2008
Laminated is either high maintenance or high wear.

I would consider a higher end laminate such as Karndean…
(I have no affiliation with this website or seller)

Ceramic would be second choice. Low maintenance, not too expensive to install. Lasts a long time.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 14, 2008

The laminate wood is going to be a little bit warmer (looking) in my opinion. Plus, if you utilize an upgraded underlayment it will be softer on the feet. On the flip side it is much harder to repair a piece of damaged laminate than it is a broken tile.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
There is some laminated wood that looks GREAT I believe it could be based on the value of the property most homes $150K dont have laminated wood, tile is a GREAT option to, the larger ones WOW, I have seen luxury homes all done in tile, Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
I like tile, but it may not look right in the bedrooms. Depends on your targert market. If you get wood though, no pets. There's no deposit you can get that will pay for replacement if they mess it up.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2008
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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