Vinyl Flooring versus Laminate Wood Flooring

The days of cheap and cheerful looking vinyl tiles spread across your bathroom or kitchen in a mismatched fashion are long gone. Today Vinyl flooring especially luxury vinyl flooring is manufactured to look and feel better than days gone by with improved embossing techniques, “click joinery” and the introduction of plank shapes instead of tiles. Both flooring options are durable, cost effective and eco-friendly, however there are certain features that distinguish the two from each other and depending on your need may influence your decision on which to choose.

  1. Resale value: if you are looking to increase the value of your house or investment property for resale then laminate wood flooring is definitely the answer. Vinyl flooring may be ok in high moisture areas such as the bathroom or kitchen however buyers may be very critical if seeing them in other areas of the house and may look down on them (literally and figuratively).
  2. Style: Although vinyl flooring has come a long way over the last few years, it is still looked at as the “cheaper” option and therefore has quite a stigma around it in terms of quality. Laminate wood floors are still seen as the more stylish and aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Comfort: Laminate wood flooring is thicker as it incorporates wood content it is therefore also warmer and more comfortable to walk on. This comfort is increased when paired with foam underlayment. Vinyl flooring on the other hand is hard and cold when layed on a concrete floor. The comfort level can most certainly be improved if polyurethane foam or recycled rubber are used, however it may not match up to laminate.
  4. Resistance to moisture: Vinyl flooring is definitely the more resilient when it comes to moisture and that is why it is more commonly seen in bathrooms and kitchens. Laminate wood flooring unfortunately warps and disfigures in high moisture areas where water pools in one place for an extended period of time. Vinyl is not only water resistant, but truly water-proof as it is made from material that is impermeable, therefore making it a firm favourite for these rooms.
  5. Durability: Vinyl flooring is definitely a preferred choice for high traffic volume and industrial areas due to its high durability and ease of replacing damaged pieces. It is therefore a great option for these areas.

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