Laminate or Ceramic Tile

Old 11-08-03, 03:38 PM
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Laminate or Ceramic Tile

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the forum, although I have been reading it for
a few weeks. It's very educational. I look forward to learning
and sharing my current remodeling nightmare, and if I can add
some insight or experience, I certainly will.

My question:

I will be installing a floor in my family/living room in the next few
weeks. I have a cousin who lays ceramic tile for a living
who is willing to lay down the floor of my choice (laminate or ceramic) free of charge. I just supply the flooring material.

I don't want real hardwood floor as I don't want to deal with
a delicate finish (my gfriend and I dance a lot, and she sometimes
has on high heels).

My choices are laminate (ala Pergo or comparable), or a neutral
12x12 or larger ceramic tile. I don't want a lot of maintenance and I would like the floor to add value to my home if possible.

I thought I read that the general opinion is that laminate floors are like carpet, and do not add any value to a home. Hardwood floors do (although I don't want them), and I thought I heard
that ceramic tiles do as well. I'm not sure though.

I would appreciate the communities opinions on this.

Thanks in advance.


Old 11-09-03, 07:23 AM
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I would definitely go with ceramic tile.
The difference in cost of tile or vinyl flooring is the labor to install the tile. Since you can have it done free, you will have a ceramic tile floor that will last much longer, be less maintenance, and add more value to your home.
Good Luck!
Old 11-09-03, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for the reply!
This helps!


Old 11-09-03, 06:45 PM
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Ceramic is a very poor choice for a dance floor! A high heel caught in a grout depression (joint) and your girl friend may not be very friendly. Laminate offers a smooth flat surface that is great for dancing but alas, the warrantee will be shorter than the usual for most brands. Few manufacturers will warrant a dance floor for more than 5 years.
Old 11-10-03, 09:52 AM
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I agree with Azfred. Laminate is a smarter choice for a dance floor and will not hurt resale. Use area rugs when your not dancing, and roll em up when you do. It won't last as long as tile, but your heel bones will last longer!
No grout to seal on laminate also.
Old 11-10-03, 12:40 PM
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I was planning on using 16"x16" tiles with as small
a grout line as possible (and keep them as close to tile level. I hear what you're saying as laminate is better for dancing, but it is a family/living room first
and dance floor second.

I was just looking for the best compromise, and since I'm getting the floor installed professionally for free, I'd rather go w/something that will increase the value of my home.

Before my cousin called, it was laminate all the way. I wasn't
even debating.

I really appreciate the input!

Thanks again!
Old 11-10-03, 12:42 PM
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Besides, she has soft jazz dance sneakers if the heels
become a
Old 11-10-03, 01:34 PM
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Ceramic will probably increase value, laminate will just not hurt value.
There are minimum grout widths you need to use, so you may still think they are too wide, but check on it before you buy so you are prepared. Ceramic is cold too, area rugs may still be a good choice.
Ceramic is very hard as well, so give your bones a break by using those rugs wisely..
good luck and keep on dancin!

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