Laminate flooring vs vinyl flooring is a common comparison consumers make prior to making a flooring decision. Both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are outstanding and affordable options for busy homes looking for a luxurious and finished look. Just like with any product, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring each have their advantages and disadvantages.
|Laminate Flooring||Vinyl Plank Flooring|
|Fading||Fade Resistant||Fade Resistant|
|Wear||Will not wear through. Cannot be refinished||Will not wear through. Cannot be refinished|
|Stains||Will not stain||Will not stain|
|Dent/Scratch Resistance||Dent, scratch and chip resistant||Dent, scratch and chip resistant. Use caution with sharp objects as they can puncture the surface|
|Moisture||Moisture resistant||100% waterproof|
|Care||Easy care, surface does not hold dirt and no polish or refinishing is ever needed||Easy care, surface does not hold dirt and no polish or refinishing is ever needed|
|Installation||DIY Friendly – Click locking system||DIY Friendly – Click locking system, loose lay, or glue-down|
Both flooring options are very good choices. The biggest difference between the two is the waterproof feature of vinyl plank flooring. Laminate flooring can and will be damages with access moisture, where as vinyl plank flooring is 100% waterproof. In the case of flooding, vinyl flooring can be uninstalled, dried and reinstalled like new. As for price, both products can range from under a dollar to over $5 per square foot.
Both products are ideal options for busy homes with children or pets. Vinyl flooring is recommended over laminate flooring for moisture prone applications such as bathrooms or kitchens as there is no risk of moisture damage.
If you are still deciding on which flooring will be best in your home, order some free samples from Bestlaminate and compare the differences for yourself!
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