One of the most common questions that we are asked is, “Which is a better flooring, luxury vinyl flooring or laminate flooring?”
There are a few key differences to note between these two choices. Read along as we break them down.
The Ultimate Comparison
Laminate is cost-effective, very durable, and scratch-resistant. This type of flooring is a top choice for high-traffic areas in the home like bedrooms, offices, basements, recreation rooms, and hallways.
Good quality laminate flooring has the potential to last up to 25 years before it needs to be replaced. Although our top-of-the-line laminate flooring will perform well in kitchens — standing water should be avoided, which is why we tend to recommend other flooring choices for these areas, such as luxury vinyl.
Laminate flooring is very easy to clean. Note: It’s best to avoid abrasive cleaners and immediately wipe up any spills.
When it comes to installation, laminate and vinyl flooring are both easy to install. However, in many cases, laminate flooring requires an underlay that is very easy to install.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is available in tiles, planks, and sheets, making it one of the most versatile choices with a wide range of style options. It can provide the look and feel of tile, stone, or wood at a much lower cost and with less maintenance required.
Unlike laminate, vinyl is a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens, as it can resist water much more effectively.
Vinyl is also very durable and resistant to scratches but offers a bit more warmth and softness on the feet.
Luxury vinyl plank is a very popular choice because it can mimic the look of hardwood, but with much more durability and a longer lifespan. Luxury vinyl sheet is another great option and this variety can be used to create a tile or stone look.
Although luxury vinyl is very durable and water-resistant, it’s important to clean it regularly to ensure that harmful substances like oil or salt are not left on the surface for long periods of time.
The debate of luxury vinyl vs laminate flooring offers many great points on each side. The truth is that either one could be the best choice depending on your space, budget, and needs.
At Cover-Ups Flooring and Bath, we are happy to help you determine which flooring choice is the best option for your home. Click here to get in touch with us and a member of our team will help you navigate this decision.