Here to talk to you about the differences between laminate and vinyl flooring. Both products are popular choices usually designed to look like natural hardwood or stone. In fact they’re often mistaken for the real deal and most people can’t really tell the difference between the two. So, we want to break down the differences to help make your decision easier.
Let’s start with laminate.
Laminate is a great choice for those who want to mimic real hardwood floors without sacrificing their bank account. It’s solid without giving movement just like traditional hardwood. Laminate is typically comprised of four layers. The backing layer, this is the backbone of your plank, it’s also referred to as a stabilizing layer. The core layer, this is made with either high density or medium density fiberboard higher quality laminate comes with higher density core.
We love that it’s more moisture resistant than the medium density options. The print layer, this is what makes laminate look like wood, stone, metal and more. It can also include rougher, more natural-looking scrapes like hardwood floors. Lastly you have the wear layer. This protects your floor and keeps it looking fantastic after 10 plus years.
Now let’s talk about vinyl flooring. Vinyl’s often mistaken for laminate. That’s because it’s quickly taking over the market with more realistic wood and stone looks than ever before. Vinyl is also less high maintenance than laminate. Vinyl, like laminate, is typically comprised of four layers just using different materials. The backing layer, the backbone of the plank. The core. This part is solid vinyl. These cores are high-density, moisture resistant and built to last. The printed vinyl layer.
This is where your style and design comes from. It can mimic wood, stone and other natural materials.
Lastly the wear layer. The thicker the wear layer the more protection you’ll have for your floor. It’s like your vinyls personal bodyguard.
There’s that really much for price difference between laminate and vinyl. The top-end luxury vinyl you may pay a little more for than a top-end of laminate.That is because the highest quality luxury vinyl often includes a waterproof core, and ultra thick wear layer.
For the middle-of-the-road, beautiful and good quality options they’re honestly pretty comparable. It is also important to discuss installation costs with your installer. Most laminate is installed as a floating floor that means you don’t need any glue tape etc you just lay down right on top of your existing floor.Making it super DIY friendly. Vinyl on the other hand ranges and has several installation types including interlocking, glue down, floating and loose lay at varying difficulties.
Laminate is awesome for places with little to no moisture. The floor is not nearly as resistant to moisture as vinyl. Vinyl can be installed anywhere,bathrooms, kitchens, basements, etc.