Laminate And Vinyl Flooring – What Are The Differences
In this article, we are going to discuss the differences between vinyl and laminate flooring, weigh in on the pros and cons of each and how to make the best decision for your home.
It is extremely frustrating and hard for those, who are not in the flooring industry or really up to date on house and home projects to differentiate the two flooring choices. In general, customers most probably cannot easily be able to pick out laminate or vinyl flooring out of a line-up. And while tile, wood, even cork is relatively easy to pick out in a crowd, these two new wood-look and next-generation flooring options are much trickier and often misunderstood or frankly confused with one another.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor introduced on the flooring market in the 1970’s. It was the first man-made alternative to natural wood.
Pros and Cons
- Realistic wood and stone look imitations
- Advanced water resistance
- Compatible with underfloor heating systems
- Not recommended for full bathrooms or basements
- A hollow sound if installed poorly
- Scratch resistance
Vinyl is also a man-made flooring option that resembles natural materials such as wood, stone, and more. Yet, it is completely different.
Pros and Cons
- Realistic looks – often more real than laminate, according to customers
- Easy and even DIY installation.
- Zero to minimal maintenance.
- Waterproof 100%
- Price for the top quality often more than laminate.
- Low-quality planks scratch and dent easily
In conclusion, there is no “better” option as it is a matter of opinion.