The floors in your home take a lot of abuse. Unless you can levitate, your floors will take daily wear.
New floors can dramatically refresh a room and breathe new life into your home. But with so many options available on the market, what should you choose?
Well today, we'll teach you the differences of vinyl vs. laminate flooring. Read on to learn which is right for you and prepared to be floored at what you discover!
What's the Same?
Let's talk about what they have in common first.
Both vinyl plank flooring and laminate flooring are similar visually. They both aim to give the appearance of traditional wood flooring.
Both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are similar in price. But they are made of different materials and perform differently in different environments.
For the "Do-it-yourselfers" out there, vinyl and laminate flooring are both relatively easy to install. But if you are not ready to try it yourself, we can help with installations.
Next, we'll take a closer look at each type of flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is 100% plastic. It comes in planks and mimics the look of traditional wood flooring.
On the plus side, this means that as a material, it is waterproof. This also means that it does not need any kind of sealant. Vinyl flooring is great for bathrooms, kitchens, and other high moisture areas.
It is also known for its resilience. When a dish is dropped on vinyl flooring, it often will not break. This is not true with laminate flooring. The surface is also a little bit quieter than laminate flooring.
The plastic nature of vinyl flooring does come with a few drawbacks, however.
It is less comfortable to walk on. It can feel cold and hard on your feet. It can also have a slightly cheaper looking appearance.
Laminate flooring is made from 99% wood product.
Because of this, it has a closer resemblance to traditional wood floors. It has a more natural appearance than vinyl.
Real Estate Agents notice that the look of laminate is more appealing to some buyers. This means laminate could be a better choice to add more to the resale value of your home.
Due to the high wood content, laminate flooring is also a more environmentally friendly option compared to vinyl.
Laminate flooring is superior when it comes to walking comfort. However, it can be noisier than vinyl.
Laminate flooring is not waterproof. If you are looking to install in an area with high moisture or likelihood of spills, go with vinyl.
Vinyl vs. Laminate: Which One Is Right For You?
As you can see, both vinyl plank and laminate flooring have their pros and cons. Your specific needs and situation will help you determine which type is right for you.
You are the ultimate judge in the battle of vinyl vs. laminate. Once you've decided the winner, check out our selection and let us help give your home a fresh new look!