It is challenging to distinguish between laminate and vinyl planks. Both are human-made and affordable alternatives of hardwood. Also, you will find both in a wide range of options.
Laminate flooring is a versatile product. It is an alternative to not only to hardwood, but also marble and tiles. Laminate is scratch resistant and considered to be an excellent choice for high foot traffic areas. It is highly popular among homeowners because of its cost-friendliness and simple maintenance.
Vinyl flooring planks are considered to be an imitation of solid hardwood flooring. Like Laminate, these are also easy to install and maintain. Vinyl flooring is known for its ability to enhance a room’s appeal without the hefty price-tag of real wood floors
Despite so many similarities, they are different from each other. In this blog, we will discuss some of their main differences.
When we compare the lifespan of laminate and vinyl, we see laminate lasting longer than vinyl. Vinyl flooring, in general, lasts for 20 years while laminate can last for 25 years. However, the durability of either flooring very much depends on how you treat your floor.
Exposure to Water
Traditional laminate floors cannot resist water and can get damaged when exposed to water. However, modern laminates have a much higher water-tolerance. On the other hand, Vinyl is waterproof. When you have vinyl flooring in your home, you don’t need to worry about the water exposure.
Walking on a laminate floor is much more comfortable than that of a vinyl floor. Laminate is a thicker material and made from a wood by-product with a foam underlay to give a warm feel to people walking on it. On the other hand, vinyl does not feel warm like laminate does. It may feel hard and cold underfoot. However, vinyl is quiet underfoot.
Neither laminate nor vinyl adds to the resale value of a property. However, laminate is gradually getting more accepted by people because of features such as upgraded interlocking joinery, a closer appearance to real wood, and embossing.
Both are excellent choices depending on your requirements. For further advice, contact us now. We are a specialized team of flooring professionals. We will assist you select the best flooring for your home.