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Laminate vs Vinyl Tiles

It is incredibly hard to separate the two types as they are quite similar in appearance. Even though they have so many common features, there are a few distinctive differences that The Flooring Group would like to point out.

  • Source material. The Laminate is normally made of High-Density Fibreboard or HDF – which is wood pieces pressed together in a wood like substance. The Vinyl is made of Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC – an incredibly hardwearing material with longer sustainability.
  • Installation. The Laminate is installed via the so-called click-lock way with no fuss or wary of movements. The vinyl, however, needs to be glued down, usually by a professional expert.
  • Technicality. Both materials are impressively strong and durable, suitable for all rooms and purposes. Both have incredible scratch resistance due to their hard outer layer. In cases of damages, however, the Vinyl can be refinished, while the Laminate must always be replaced. The good news is that if the damage is done to a small area – those tiles only can be replaced.
  • Water resistance. Hard to argue wich tile has the better water resistance, but the general opinion is that the Laminate will more likely get damaged by moisture, so the Vinyl tiles are more preferred for bathrooms and kitchens. In any case, it is important to not let water penetrate between the tiles or sit too long on any type of flooring.
  • Price. When comparing both flooring types sometimes, it is the price tag that wins over customers. The Flooring Group can definitely confirm that Laminate is cheaper and more suitable for tight-budget homeowners.

There are other alternatives to these type of tiles such as hardwood or parquet, but understandably more expensive. No matter the choice, The Flooring Group can provide top quality options from renowned British producers.