Laminate Flooring or Vinyl: Which One is Best?
Adding new flooring to your home can transform the way every room looks, feels, and functions. If you’re searching for an affordable option, both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring are excellent choices. Each of these flooring types come with their own set of pros and cons. Let’s explore the benefits and drawbacks of both types of floors so you can make the right decision for your home and your lifestyle. Vinyl flooring is completely synthetic and usually comes in sheets or tiles. The base layer of vinyl is typically made of fiberglass coated in PVC. The print or pattern of your vinyl flooring is embossed with a layer on the surface. After the print is added, it’s coated in a special polyurethane to protect it. Vinyl plank flooring mimics the look of hardwood without the high price tag and extra maintenance required. Vinyl does an excellent job of resisting moisture, so it’s a good choice for bathrooms and kitchens.
Another similar floor covering is laminate flooring, which is more natural in appearance than vinyl. That’s because laminate is made mostly of wood and is blended with resins to bond everything together. On the top of laminate flooring is a hard, transparent plastic that covers the printed design. This flooring is thicker than vinyl and tends to be softer and quieter underfoot. If you choose laminate flooring in your home, make sure you select one that has a high resistance to moisture. Some laminate may become damaged in rooms like your bathroom or kitchen. In terms of looks and beauty, laminate is ahead of vinyl by leaps and bounds. Laminate has a three-dimensional, realistic look thanks to a special embossing process that creates a realistic look ranging from wood and ceramic to stone. Visit our showroom or contact us today so we can help you find the right flooring for your needs.