Laminate and vinyl wood flooring may seem similar at first glance, but the two actually have a number of differences you should know as you go about choosing what’s best for you and your project.
Both laminate and vinyl make great flooring options. There are many things they have in common, such as great price points for the look of long-lasting, affordable wood-like flooring. Additionally, both are engineered and in many places they are even advertised side-by-side. Let’s take a deeper look at each one to see their own unique strengths and pros.
Comparing Some Characteristics
For a long time, laminate was thought to be superior to vinyl flooring due to its density, rigidity, realism, and easy installation. In recent years, more modern versions of vinyl flooring have emerged with similar features, including increased realism both in regards to look and touch. To help you decide what will fit your needs, we will cover some of the most cared about differences.
Vinyl is highly resilient to moisture, making it ideal for any room in the house, especially the bathroom and kitchen. Vinyl itself is waterproof and its polymer construction allows it to withstand a lot throughout the years. This is especially true of sheet vinyl flooring.
Laminate floors, conversely, are constructed with a fiberboard which can become damaged by prolonged exposure to water and moisture. Installing laminate in the wrong place can lead to damage and a sooner need for repair or maintenance.
Touch & Feel
Vinyl flooring is completely synthetic, whereas laminate is constructed of wood composite. When it comes to the touch and feel of vinyl floors, they may be colder and seem harder than a natural hardwood or laminate floor.
Laminate floors are usually thicker than vinyl. They still feel less dense than the natural hardwood floors they are designed to copy, but the thickness gives them some advantages over vinyl. Laminate usually feels more comfortable underfoot and warmer to the touch.
Regardless your choice, both vinyl and laminate come in such a wide variety that depending on your needs and those of your space, either make for excellent flooring. Modern laminate and vinyl flooring are both durable and beautiful.
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