How do laminate floors and tiles compare?

Tiles or laminate? The cost-benefit calculation

Cost-benefit comparison

Laminate cost

The price for laminate is extremely low. Laminate floors are available in stores from around EUR 4 - 5 per m². For higher quality laminates you usually have to calculate around 10 EUR per m².

In addition, you can lay laminate yourself relatively easily
can. This only requires a little skill, professional installation is by no means absolutely necessary.

Cost of tiled floor

Floor tiles are available in a slightly larger price range. The prices sometimes start under 10 EUR per m², but high-quality porcelain stoneware is usually a bit more expensive - between 20 - 50 EUR per m².

The price is not directly related to the quality, but is often determined to a large extent by other factors:

  • Manufacturer Name
  • special designs
  • special surface designs

You can get very high-quality porcelain stoneware from around EUR 25 per m². In addition, however, there are the laying costs for tiles. In the case of craft businesses, you can assume a total of around EUR 30 per m² for laying, but in some cases you get a bit cheaper with flat-rate prices. In addition, many individual, independent tilers often offer their services much cheaper.

durability

Laminate is usually expected to have a durability of up to 10 years. Then the laminate has to be removed and replaced with a new floor covering.

The durability of porcelain stoneware tiles is well over 50 years, 60 - 80 years are not uncommon with regular cleaning. Tiles practically do not require any maintenance or renewal.

Comparison of the costs

During the time in which a tiled floor lasts, laminate floors must be laid at least 5 - 8 times. In addition to the material costs (even with cheap laminate that is at least 40 - 50 EUR per m²) there is additional effort:

Clear out the rooms, move the furniture
Remove and dispose of the old laminate
Laying the new laminate

A porcelain stoneware floor installed by a professional also costs around 40 - 60 EUR per m² in total, but practically never needs to be replaced afterwards.

optics

Both tile floors and laminate floors are usually imitative, which means their design mimics other floor coverings. In the case of tiles, however, this imitation usually looks much more perfect. The use of particularly large-format tiles often creates a look that is much more true to the original.

Compared to laminate, tiles are also much easier to care for and healthier. They have no open cracks in which dirt could settle. Clay is a natural substance that does not emit any harmful vapors into the room, while this is quite often the case with laminate.