ad collaborative post // If you are suffering confusion between vinyl flooring and laminate flooring, you may be relieved to know that it’s not just you – many people tend to think they are the same. Whilst both products do offer similar benefits and styles, there are differences over the past few decades that have divided the two further apart. Let us take a delve into a few areas to see the differences.

Style

Both products are pretty close when it comes to the look and variety on offer.

Each perfectly replicates the look of light or dark hardwoods, stone and ceramics among others whilst keeping costs low. Both products offer many options to be customizable and versatile to implement into any design you want within a room space.

Luxury vinyl flooring does offer more in the availability of ranges through designs and the ability to mix them up for a cross room effect.

Durability

Both products are created in a similar fashion, but there are some differences in composition.

Laminate is not a waterproof product and is not recommended for high wet areas such as a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen – laminate is more for climate-controlled areas. Vinyl flooring is a much different product in that regard.

Vinyl flooring is specifically designed to be 100% waterproof allowing for the product to be highly recommended for bathrooms and kitchens. Due to its combination of heat and moisture resistance, it does not become dislodged from its adhesive with any rises and drops in temperature. Laminate is also a much harder product underfoot than vinyl, which offers more cushion in quality.

Applications

Laminate is utilised more in light traffic areas in order to keep its appeal for the long term whereas vinyl flooring is suitable for both light and heavy high foot traffic areas such as living rooms, kitchens, and hallways.

Quick-Step vinyl flooring is an easier product to self-install which also saves on professional fitter costs. Both products are not practical for areas such as wet rooms or rooms where a pool or jacuzzi are situated. Higher levels of water spillage can wear even the most protective wear layer.

When choosing what type of flooring to fit in the home, be sure to ask the provider about the merits of both products for the room you are looking to have the flooring used. If it is for kitchens or bathrooms, luxury vinyl flooring has the best properties to protect the floor as well as more diversity in styles and designs.

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