An Important Comparison between Vinyl and Laminate: What You should Know

If you are looking for the perfect flooring for your home and are torn between two materials (namely vinyl and laminate) and can’t really see the difference between them, you’re not alone. Lots of homeowners have made the mistake of thinking that the two types of flooring are the same – but in fact, there are some vast differences between the two. So what do you need to know about vinyl and laminate? Here’s an important comparison between vinyl and laminate: what you should know.

Vinyl and laminate as flooring

The good news is that vinyl and laminate have a few shared characteristics, such as budget-friendliness (they are a lot less expensive than authentic wood floors), they are easy to maintain, and they are both long-lasting and durable.  But at their core, these two flooring materials have some important differences.

Vinyl, for one, is more waterproof than laminate, and is known primarily as water resistant flooring, as vinyl is usually made from plastic and can withstand major flooding without any permanent damage. Nowadays, you no longer have to deal with a whole ‘sheet’ of vinyl, which makes it difficult to install. You can buy vinyl planks which are much easier to set down, and which you can do yourself.

Laminate, on the other hand, is not completely waterproof; it can be damaged or expand with even minor flooding such as an overflowing bathtub or dishwasher. But for some, laminate exceeds vinyl when it comes to looks, especially since it’s the first type of flooring which was made to look like real wood, although there are now luxury vinyl plank floors which look quite much like wood as well.

Installing the two

Vinyl used to come in sheets, as already mentioned. But today, you have the choice to purchase it in plank form, and good quality vinyl floors can be easily installed due to its click joints where the boards just snap together. Laminate may require an underlayment of foam moisture, although this isn’t too much of a hassle to roll out, and producers have come up with pre-attached underlayment. But laminate is often cut with a circular or hand saw that needs to be fitted with a blade that’s ultra fine.

The solution

The good news is that you can have the best of both worlds; the best qualities of laminate combined with the best qualities of vinyl. Some flooring manufacturers have been able to create unique and high quality flooring materials which not only look like laminate (simulating the look of real wood grains and patterns), but are completely waterproof as well.

Finding the right flooring for the rooms in your home can be a daunting task – but if you know what you want and what you should look for, you should have great flooring in no time at all.


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