Water-Resistant Bathroom Floor: Ceramic Tile vs. Laminate?
LESLIE: Chris in Illinois needs some help with a bathroom project. What can we do for you?
CHRIS: Well, what I’m trying to do is trying to figure out what kind of plywood and flooring – like laminated or tile flooring – I can put down because I’ve got two little ones, two boys, that kind of like to leave the water running and that’s what caused our problem in the first place – of flooring.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Oh, boy. I see. Well, I will tell you that if the choice is between a laminate floor and ceramic tile, you know, ceramic tile is certainly going to be more water-resistant but laminate floor is reasonably water-resistant and a lot easier and less expensive to put down.
But if those cute kids of yours leave the water running, they’re still going to damage the surface underneath this, so I think we’re going to have to train the kids first and then decide what kind of flooring product we want to use second. But I think that my vote would probably be for a laminate floor, because of the ease of installation. You know, today you don’t have to glue it down; you just lock the boards together and they float, basically, on top of the old floor.
LESLIE: And they look really nice and you can get one with almost a commercial finish on it so that if your sons are running around and they’re with toy trucks or on roller skates, they’re not going to damage up the floor.
CHRIS: So you know my kids pretty well then. (Leslie, Tom and Chris chuckle)
LESLIE: I am the mother of a son as well.
TOM: Chris, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.