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Vinyl vs laminate flooring – Which one is best?

24th March

When it comes to your flooring, durability is often at the top of the list. Whether you prefer a natural-looking laminate or a warmer vinyl, we’re here to make your job easier by comparing their best assets, including composition, appearance and maintenance.

Laminate and vinyl flooring are both popular and very affordable choices that are available in a plethora of designs and colours, thus making them ideal for a variety of areas in your home or office space.

In this blog, we’ve outlined the answers to some of the most common questions we got and some of the key benefits of laminate and vinyl flooring:

What is laminate flooring?

With the look and texture of a wood or stone floor, laminate floors are tough and durable which is why they are so increasingly popular. Laminate flooring is available in different thicknesses, widths and lengths making it a great versatile flooring choice with a range of durability.

Each piece of laminate floor consists of four elements with the first being a resin top layer, which can be textured and makes the floor tough, protected and easier to maintain.

 What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is the ideal commercial hard flooring solution for areas which see a high level of traffic and therefore a large amount of footfall. The flooring has an excellent wear rating and is incredibly robust which is why it is used in environments, such as healthcare and education.

Most vinyl flooring does not require underlay either, as it is designed with a base layer which is cushioned. It’s this layer that makes the floor so durable and comfortable to walk on.

Thanks to the selection of different design and colour choices available with smooth vinyl, this flooring solution can suit many different areas. Whether it’s a solid colour, a marbled effect, patterned, wood or a stone aesthetic you’re looking for, there is a vinyl solution for you.

How are vinyl and laminate flooring different?

While vinyl is known to be waterproof, the laminate boards can be more vulnerable to water or moisture. As a result, vinyl flooring is better suited in the bathroom or kitchen.

Wooden floors, and in particular laminate floors, are much more affordable than solid hardwoods, and require less maintenance too, making it a favourable choice for many commercial settings.

If you want a more authentic and natural texture in your home or require more insulation, laminate flooring is the go-to choice.

To conclude, vinyl and laminate are both great flooring choices and it all comes down to personal preference and the area where you wish to install your flooring.

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