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What is the difference between laminate and vinyl?

The main difference between laminate and vinyl is the materials they’re made from.

Both laminate and vinyl flooring are great choices for your new flooring. But let’s check out the differences so that you can pick the right flooring for you.

What is the difference between vinyl and laminate flooring

Laminate is constructed using lots of layers, including a fibreboard core made from wood byproducts. While vinyl is constructed using sheets of plastic, and is completely synthetic.

This means they have some key differences in how they look, function and age. Here’s the lowdown.

  • Aesthetics. Both vinyl and laminate are good lookalike alternatives to more expensive materials like wood, tile or stone. However, laminate has a more realistic appearance.
  • Cost. Vinyl and laminate are both cost-effective flooring options. Sheet vinyl will probably cost you the least, although luxury vinyl tile (LVT) costs and laminate costs can be fairly similar.
  • Durability. Vinyl and laminate are durable flooring options but vinyl is even more durable than laminate. It’s scratch resistant and won’t delaminate like laminate can.
  • Lifespan. Vinyl typically lasts around 20 years, while laminate will often need to be replaced after 10. That said, laminate can have a similar lifespan to vinyl if it’s properly maintained, and some laminate flooring warranties will even go up to 25 years!
  • Water-resistance. Vinyl is completely waterproof, thanks to the fact it’s made of synthetic materials. On the other hand, laminate’s fiberboard core means it can get damaged if it’s exposed to too much water.
  • Cleaning. Both vinyl and laminate are stain-resistant and easy to maintain. However, laminate is best cleaned using methods that won’t expose it to water – such as with a dry mop or broom.
  • Comfort. Vinyl tends to be cold and hard, whereas laminate is softer and warmer to the touch. This is especially the case when it’s installed with premium underlay.
  • Installation. Vinyl and laminate are both easy to install. That said, vinyl can usually be installed directly over your existing flooring, while laminate will need you to remove your old flooring first.

If you’re wondering which is better out of vinyl and laminate, there’s no easy answer. They both have their pros and cons – while laminate might look and feel nicer in the home, vinyl is even more durable and easy to maintain. So, it all depends on your priorities!

If you’re not sure which to choose, a flooring contractor will be able to help advise you on the best option for your home and lifestyle.

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