Tiles Or Concrete?
Hi all, i want to ask which type of flooring is best in terms of reliability and durability, i want to redesign floor of my house.
Both will still be in place when we are all gone. The question is how do you want the floor to look? Tile offers more options.
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Both *could* be in place when we're all gone, but only with proper substrate, prep, material, and installation. I've seen both fail in short order.
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Over the years, I have seen that the subfloor is critical to any installation. Week subfloor (or 400+ lb tenant) and almost no standard flooring will last.
I have used Pergo type flooring for some apartments and homes (ongoing maintenance). The flooring is easy to install and holds up pretty well--HOWEVER, if you have any water issues (leaks, kids spilling drink, etc.), the water gets in between the grooves and swells up the "particle board". It does not with-sand water at all (the surface is Formica like--which does ok with water).
I am still of mixed thinking about if I will use Pergo type flooring again. Just regular tongue and groove wood floor+finish is more forgiving (in general regarding water--The finish varnish is not that hard for high traffic areas). Plus it can be refinished.
Tile--There is always the issue with grout lines--They get dirty and crack. The tile itself does hold up well (also various natural stone can do OK--Keep marble tile away from wet areas, such as around the bathroom and kitchen).
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