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Is laminate flooring the same as vinyl flooring?

Is laminate flooring the same as vinyl flooring?

Is laminate flooring the same as vinyl flooring? We get this question asked a lot. It is easy to get confused between laminate flooring and vinyl plank flooring, since they look so similar. Laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are two entirely different products! Although they have a lot in common, including very similar looks, they share some major differences. Vinyl is 100% water resistant and made of virgin vinyl, while laminate has a HDF wooden core. Take a look at the images below, can you tell the difference between laminate and vinyl?

White Kitchen

Laminate Flooring in the kitchen

Stone Oak Vinyl

Stone Oak Vinyl Plank Flooring – Bestlaminate Customer Photo

A Comparison Between Laminate and Vinyl

  Laminate Flooring Vinyl Plank Flooring
Cost $0.65 – $5.00 /sq.ft. $0.79 – $5.00 /sq.ft.
Material Made with either an high density fiber (HDF) core or a medium density fiber (MDF) core Virgin vinyl
Thickness 6mm – 12mm 2mm – 5mm
Durability Measured with the AC Rating

  • AC3
  • AC4
  • AC5
  • AC6
Measured with the Wear Layer

  • 0.10mm or 4 mil
  • 0.15mm or 5.9 mil
  • 0.30mm or 12 mil
  • 0.50mm or 20 mil
Available Features
  • Different Edges
  • Different Textured Finishes
  • High Gloss Finish available
  • Commercial Durability
  • Attached Underlayment
  • Wax Edges
  • Different Edges
  • Different Textured Finishes
  • Smooth Finish
  • Commercial Durability
  • Waterproof
Installation
  • Clicking Locking System

 

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2 comments

  1. It doesn’t seem that there are too many differences between laminate flooring and vinyl flooring. I think those who go with vinyl need to make sure they glue the flooring down the right way where as laminate you don’t have this problem. I think I’m going to install some vinyl flooring in my bathroom because it will look really good down there.

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