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Laminate Flooring vs. Vinyl Flooring Comparison

by Bestlaminate
Published: Updated: 27 comments 5 minutes read

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. Keep reading to learn more about each type of flooring!

 Laminate FlooringVinyl Plank Flooring
FadingFade ResistantFade Resistant
WearWill not wear through. Cannot be refinishedWill not wear through. Cannot be refinished
StainsWill not stainWill not stain
Dent/Scratch ResistanceDent, scratch and chip resistantDent, scratch and chip resistant. Use caution with sharp objects as they can puncture the surface
MoistureMoisture resistant100% waterproof
CareEasy care, surface does not hold dirt and no polish or refinishing is ever neededEasy care, surface does not hold dirt and no polish or refinishing is ever needed
InstallationDIY Friendly – Click locking systemDIY 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 minor flooding, vinyl flooring can typically 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. As far as looks, they both can offer an extremely realistic design. You may even question if it’s real hardwood or not!

Vinyl Flooring

Laminate Flooring

As you can see, there is really no visible aesthetic difference between laminate and vinyl! Both types offer various styles of wood-looks. The chocie is up to you.

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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Afton Jackson May 12, 2021 - 7:44 pm

You caught my attention when you talked about how waterproof vinyl flooring can be. Since we’re planning to expand our kitchen area, we could use a renovation material that will allow us to worry less about stains and spills. Once I find a vinyl flooring provider in the area, I’ll definitely get their help in installing some for our kitchen.

Rob July 1, 2019 - 11:42 pm

How does noise reduction of looselay vinyl planking compare to laminate with underlay?

Alana Kane July 2, 2019 - 5:28 pm

Hi Rob, thanks for your question. A loose lay vinyl will be thinner and contain less of a hollow core. Since there is less material, sound transition to floors below could feel pretty hard. With a laminate, you can hear a harder sound such as a hardwood. An underlayment will help with the cushioning. Any floor below will hear less sound. I hope that answers your question!

Tom April 27, 2019 - 7:28 pm

Thinking of putting vinyl planks throughout the entire first floor of our home. However, with settlement over the years, the floor in one room is slightly bowed. Will this be an issue and is there any easy way to level the floor?

Alana Kane April 29, 2019 - 5:12 pm

Hi Tom, yes your subfloor should always be level. If you have a wood subfloor, you can add additional plywood or OSB or if it is thick enough, sand down the current subfloor to be level. You can learn more about subfloor preparation here: https://www.bestlaminate.com/help/subfloor-preparation/

Lynn Horns February 10, 2019 - 9:14 am

We had vunyl plank flooring installed in our sunroom,over concrete. We don’t like the hollow, clicking sound when we walk on it. Is there anything that can be done now, after it’s already been installed, short of tearing it up and starting over?

Alana Kane February 15, 2019 - 11:46 am

Hi Lynn, thanks for your question. You can try adding some rugs for additional cushion when walking on your floors. If it’s a floating floor with over 4mm thickness, you could uninstall and add an underlayment beneath, but that would require to uninstall and re-install the floors.

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