Deciding between laminate and vinyl flooring for your home

Laminate vs Vinyl

This is one of the largest debates in the flooring world. Comparing laminate and vinyl is like comparing red and brown sauce. They both have their similarities, but ultimately, it’s down to personal choice. Let’s break down the main differences between the two and their benefits to you.


Laminate is made up of a number of layers and molded together during a laminating process. The base layer is made up of a high density fibreboard, meaning it is a sturdy and incredibly durable material. It has an incredibly easy installation process using a click-lock system, making it one of the easiest floors to install yourself at home. There are a number of different designs, from darker colors to lighter shades such as grey laminate flooring.

We would recommend that you avoid areas of high moisture and humidity, like kitchens and bathrooms, as it can cause damage to your flooring.

Laminate and vinyl

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl Tiles are made up of polyvinyl chloride, more simply called PVC. This gives it a firm, but elasticated construction, and also means that the vinyl can move and contract, preventing it from cracking. It is also perfect for areas of heavy footfall and high traffic.

LVT has excellent water resistance, meaning that it won’t discolour or warp, a rare commodity for this flooring type. It has an identical fitting process to laminate, the click-loc system, it can alternatively be glued down using adhesive.

So, what is the difference?

The main advantage of laminate is the price attached. It is incredibly cheap, and laminate kitchen flooring particularly is a bargain, and by the far the cheapest on the market! It is also far more comfortable underfoot, due to the thickness of the material, vinyl incorporates more wood qualities so is not as comfortable as laminate.

Vinyl is more suited for areas of high moisture, it has excellent water resistance and ensures that your flooring won’t be damaged by watermarks. This makes it ideal for kitchens and industrial factories.

If you’re looking for flooring with the intention of fitting it in high moisture areas then LVT is perfect for you due to its high levels of water resistance. It’s the best flooring around to ensure your floors don’t damage with watermarks, and is ideal for industrial factories.

There are a large number of similarities between laminate and vinyl flooring, it is hard to separate them but we hope our guide has helped you see some of the subtle differences, and make your decision!


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1 Comment

  1. October 23, 2017 / 7:20 PM

    My parents used both, in different areas of the house like you pointed out here.

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