Laminate Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring

laminate flooring vs vinyl flooring

If you are wondering which flooring to install for your home and are considering between laminate flooring vs vinyl flooring, you can use the following factors in your consideration. Laminate flooring vs vinyl flooring both types of flooring are suitable for kitchen and utility room as well other living space as they are durable and importantly economical for the budget conscious. However the flooring are different in their characteristics. Firstly, laminated flooring is usually made up of boards that can be fitted easily over the existing floor while vinyl flooring comes in sheets and tiles as well.

Laminated flooring or laminate wood are made up of four layers. The top layer consists of the clear plastic while the second layer is the design of the laminate wood. The last 2 layers consists a mixture of wood chips, plastic and glue that holds the planks of laminate wood. Vinyl floorboards are similar to the laminate wood but the vinyl ones do not contain any wood. Vinyl tiles or sheets do not have four layers but only a layer of vinyl with fibreglass backing. The thickness for both laminated and vinyl floorboards are usually 9.5mm while vinyl sheets and tiles are from 3.2mm to 4.8mm.

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Another factor to determine your choice of flooring is whether the flooring type is waterproof and durable. Laminate wood flooring which has wood in it and thus making it not waterproof and does not work well in laundry rooms, bathrooms or rooms which have a lot of moisture. The laminate wood will swell and curl up at the edges when pushed against each other. Vinyl sheets and tiles except vinyl floorboards are water-resistance and more durable against spills, moisture and water.

Next factor to consider is the ease of installation for the flooring. Laminated flooring works on sticking the floorboards together like a lock and snap method thus making it easy for installation on your own. On the other hand, vinyl sheets will require effort and time to measure and cutting them accurately and spreading glue to stick them to the floor. Vinyl tiles are easier than vinyl sheets however you will still need to deal with the glue if they are not the sticky types. Vinyl floorboard works like the laminated floorboards but harder to lock them together as they are flexible.

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You will also need to consider the current floors before installation. Both flooring types will require a flat floor to work. Imperfect floors can be felt with vinyl flooring while laminated flooring is not obviously felt with minor imperfections. If you are going ahead with vinyl flooring and the current floor is uneven, you will need to layer hardboards over the floor to create an even floor. For laminated flooring, do layout the laminate wood in the room for at least three days to accommodate the swelling before installation. However this is not required for vinyl flooring.

Lastly, another factor to consider is the vinyl tiles pricing and the laminate flooring pricing. Some laminate floor pricing might be more expensive than vinyl flooring as laminate wood contains wood chips and other layers. Knowing the factors above can definitely help in making your decision when getting new flooring for your home.