We will soon be reflooring the whole first floor of our condo in the
coastal Carolina area. It now has carpeting on concrete slab that will
be ripped off. My question is in regards to new flooring. We are torn
between a Pergo-type laminate and ceramic tile. Concerns regarding
tile have to do with the grout getting dirty and looking bad.
What are pro's and con's of these options?
I prefer tile but I think most people prefer laminate. It's warmer
To lay tile successfully the floor needs to be even and sound, as in
free from cracks, or you'll need a membrane layer or other assistance.
You can lay laminate over a slightly flawed subsurface.
Grout discolration is not a problem, just use a charcoal-gray color.
If you're in coastal Carolina (a) why haven't you called me and (b)
seriously, is humidity a problem ? A friend of mine has laminate in
their kitchen and there's just the slightest hint, after 5 years, of it
starting to delaminate. It's decent stuff, Pergo.
Most laminates look too much like plastic. Tile is durable, but IMO, not
nice for a living room or bedroom.
A better option would be engineered wood. I used www.mannington.com but
there are many other good brands and they look very rich because they are
I have pine wood colored laminate flooring in one room, and I also saw
another friends house which had a similar laminate floor in their
living room. Visually, from what I have seen in these two cases, is
that laminate flooring is allright, but not as nice looking as compared
to real hardwood flooring or tile. I have tile flooring in my house
(near the entrance), and it looks nice, but does get a bit cool
underfoot in winter.
I would say go for tile with dirt coloured grout.
Pergo is just fake wood. It is questionable if it will enhance the value of
your unit. I would put tile in areas that do not need to be warm underfoot
(kitchen, bathrooms), halls and living rooms look spectacular with the glow
of engineered (real) wood or even parquet. Bedrooms benefit from good
I would go with Tile or as motioned engineered floorig ( real wood) Pergo
would not add that much value to your condo compared to tile or wood. Pergo
is pretty much like having a Formica floor to me the only good thing is ease
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