Wanting a durable, cost-effective, and visually appealing flooring option often leads homeowners to vinyl or laminate. Both options stand out, as they are easy to install, cost about the same, and can look almost identical. However, there are several differences between the two that can help you determine which will be best in your home.
Appearance-wise, vinyl and laminate flooring look very similar. Vinyl can have a realistic appearance– most often, it has the appearance of a wood finish. Laminate, on the other hand, has a more three-dimensional appearance, as images of the materials are projected on it, making it look identical to wood, ceramic, or stone.
Both vinyl and laminate are durable and require simple maintenance. Laminate flooring shouldn’t get wet, so it’s best to clean it with a broom or dry mop. However, vinyl can be scrubbed and mopped and will take no damage. Vinyl is also a bit more durable than laminate. Laminate is built in layers, and over time, those layers will wear down. If the top layer of your laminate floors gets scratched or damaged, it often cannot be repaired. Vinyl is a tougher material that can withstand hard wear and tear.
If you are debating between vinyl and laminate, it’s important to consider where in your home you want to put it. Laminate flooring will do better in dry and calmer rooms, such as a home office, bedroom, or living room. Vinyl flooring will do better in a high-traffic and/or damp room, such as a mudroom, laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom.
If you have questions about the differences and want to know more about which option you should choose, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you choose the right floor for you.