Laminate or Vinyl...one of the flooring world’s biggest debates! They can be seen like brothers, as both are very similar, but they do have their differences. We’re going to help you decide by breaking down those differences for you and showing you all their similarities.
Laminate is made of many layers and comes with a hardwood appearance. Its primary layer is made of high-density fibreboard – a strong material, perfect for homes with high traffic and heavy footfall. It is also top layer scratch-resistant and ideal for homes with pets. Additionally, laminate flooring is also far greener due its primary wood byproduct material.
However, the downside of laminate is that it isn’t waterproof, so marks can occur if liquid is left to sit for too long. This also means it’s probably not ideal for industries with high levels of moisture and humidity.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) come in a number of different appearances, with hardwood being the most popular. It’s a very quick installation process, with no complex procedures, and comes in a number of different appearances, from hardwood and marble, to ceramic and stone. Plus, it’s far more water-resistant and ideal for areas with high moisture. It also has a very sturdy grip, perfect for homes with children or pets.
LVT is very easily obtainable and very durable. It feels more like plastic, whereas laminate feels more like wood, so has a softer feel to it.
There can certainly be a case made for both laminate and vinyl. When it comes down to it, they’re both very similar. They’re a fraction of the cost of other materials, they replicate the look of natural products and are both customisable and designable. There’s no right or wrong answer to which is better, it’s just down to personal choice!
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