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Monday 7th of February 2022

Vinyl vs Laminate

Flooring that looks like wood but isn't. Which 'look like' wood would you like?
What really is the difference between Vinyl and Laminate?
When finding a stylish, durable, and economical flooring option for your home that’s highly versatile, most homeowners will find themselves torn between Luxury Vinyl and Laminate flooring. Let's have a look at both and see the pros and cons of each.

Laminate Flooring pros and cons

PROS
  • Durable
  • Resilient, fade resistant
  • Affordable
CONS
  • Highly susceptible to water and moisture damage
  • Hard underfoot
  • Chemicals used in adhesives
  • Harder to clean thank vinyl

Luxury Vinyl Flooring pros and cons

PROS
  • Easy to clean and low maintenance
  • Soft underfoot
  • Noise absorption
  • Waterproof
  • Increase resell value
CONS
  • Shorter lifespan compared to Laminate
All about the looks?
While both floor types come with their own set of pros and cons. when it comes to visual appeal laminate is the clear winner. With modern printing techniques injecting a sense of realism, laminate now comes in a wide range of colour variations, wood species and textures, and of course it’s hardened top surface gives it a more realistic feel.
All about the long term?
While both floor types work well in direct sunlight, able to withstand heavy foot traffic, and are somewhat water resistant, vinyl more so than laminate. Luxury vinyl is 100% waterproof, that it is our clear winner for most durable floor type.
All about the low-key maintenance?
Both types of flooring are easy to clean and maintain, however, vinyl plank flooring has an advantage when it comes to care and maintenance. Having the freedom to wet mop the floor without the use of specialty cleaners makes it easier to care and maintain regularly.
So, what's the best?

Overall, both laminate and luxury vinyl are cost-effective alternatives to traditional hardwood, and more recently natural stone tiles.

Laminate is the slightly more cost effective option, and if carefully maintained and cleaned, laminate has the potential to retain its beauty for years to come.

Luxury vinyl is extremely durable and versatile, and is 100% waterproof, making it an ideal choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms where moisture accumulates. Making it an extremely popular choice.

Still can’t decide.
Speak to one of our experts for some advice on choosing the best floor type suited to the demands of your home and lifestyle.