Tiles or laminate? The cost-benefit calculation


Laminate is one of the most commonly used floor coverings in Germany. Many are afraid of tiles because of the high price. However, what is still to be considered in a cost-benefit calculation, and why tiles are actually much cheaper than laminate, you will learn in this post.

Cost-benefit comparison

Cost of laminate

The price of laminate is extremely low. Laminate flooring is already available from around 4 to 5 EUR per m². For higher-quality laminates you usually have to calculate around 10 EUR per m².

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

Cost of tiled floor

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

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

  • Manufacturer Name
  • special designs
  • special surface designs

Starting at around 25 EUR per m² you get very high quality porcelain stoneware. In addition, however, there are the installation costs for tiles. In craft businesses can expect a total of about 30 EUR per m² for the installation, in some cases, but with flat rates but still a bit cheaper. In addition, many individual, independent tilers often offer their services much cheaper.

durability

Laminate is usually expected to last up to 10 years. Then the laminate must be removed and replaced with a new floor covering.

The durability of tiles in porcelain stoneware is well over 50 years, 60 - 80 years are not uncommon with regular cleaning. Tiles require virtually no care or renovation.

Comparison of the costs

In the period in which a tiled floor holds, at least 5 - 8 times laminate floors must be laid. To the material costs (even with cheap laminate that is at least 40 - 50 EUR per m²) comes then still additional expenditure:

Clearing out the rooms, housing the furniture
Remove and discard the old laminate
Laying the new laminate

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

optics

Both tile floors and laminate floors are usually imitative, that is, their design mimics other floor coverings. In the case of tiles, however, this imitation looks visually much more perfect. The use of particularly large tiles often results in a much more original look.

Tips & Tricks

In comparison to laminate tiles are also much easier to clean and healthier. They have no open cracks, in which dirt could accumulate. Clay is a natural substance that does not give off harmful odors in the room, while laminate is quite common.


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