If you’re after the sleek look of wood flooring, then you’ve got a wide range of options. Two of the reigning materials are vinyl and laminate. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of choosing between these two.
Both vinyl and laminate flooring are very popular choices when it comes to style, with the ability to convincingly mimic real wood flooring at a fraction of the price. They are also much easier to install than traditional wood flooring.
While there are many similarities, these aren’t going to help you decided between the two. So, here are some of the key differences between vinyl and laminate flooring.
- Water resistant
- Thinner; ranging from 1.5 mm to 5 mm
- More versatile
- Slightly cheaper
- High-density fiberboard
- Thicker; ranging from 6 mm to 12 mm
Vinyl flooring is much more water resistant than laminate. As a wood product, moisture causes laminate flooring to expand and contract, affecting its durability. So, if you live in a particularly humid climate or one that is prone to flooding, laminate may not stand up to its environment as well as vinyl. Similarly, rooms that may be subject to frequent spills, such as a home with pets and children, or commercial buildings such as bars or supermarkets, would be better off with vinyl flooring. When it comes to bathroom flooring, vinyl is the obvious winner over laminate.
Luxury vinyl flooring has changed vinyl’s reputation and increased its popularity. Now, vinyl can imitate a range of flooring materials, including hardwood, ceramic, marble, and stone. This means it is adaptable to the style of flooring you are looking for, while laminate is primarily used to mimic hardwood flooring.
Vinyl provides a slightly softer feel underfoot, while laminate flooring is a tougher, more durable material. These provide variable advantages, depending on your preferences and the uses of the room. A room with a lot of traffic that is likely to experience a lot of wear and tear would benefit more from laminate flooring. Vinyl’s comparable softness can provide a warmer, more comfortable feel and is also more slip-resistant.
Laminate flooring can be slightly cheaper to buy and install, but is more likely to need replacing in the future. Both materials offer serious cost savings over tiled or hardwood flooring, so price is not a major deciding factor between the two.
It’s time to weigh up the options and decide which type of flooring suits your needs the best. If you need any help choosing a material for your floor or are looking for flooring installation services in the Triad area, then contact University Flooring Center. We’re here for all your flooring needs in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.