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If you're new to the world of flooring, it's natural to feel a little bit overwhelmed when choosing which flooring to use in your home. Nearly every type of floor is described by someone or other as 'stylish', 'durable', 'perfect for any project'...however, there are two floor type that get mixed up more frequently than any other pair, and they are laminate flooring and vinyl flooring.

Both laminate and vinyl are popular choices amongst homeowners due to their resilient, affordable, and easy-to-install qualities. Unfortunately, laminate and vinyl flooring differ in a few crucial ways, and these differences mean that confusing laminate flooring with vinyl flooring (or vice versa) can result in serious consequences.

That's why we've put together this handy 'laminate vs vinyl flooring' guide. Hopefully, this breakdown of the pros and cons of each one will give you an idea of which product is best for you.

Laminate Floors

About Laminate Flooring

Material: 99% Wood Product

Ideal for: Living rooms, hallways, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens

Pros:

  • Cost-effective when compared to real wood flooring
  • Comes in a huge variety of different styles
  • Easy to install
  • Thicker - and therefore warmer - than vinyl flooring

Cons:

  • Laminate floors do not cope very well in humid, high-moisture environments like bathrooms, as the water can damage the wood content of the flooring.

Read More: What is Laminate Flooring?

 

Vinyl Floors

About Vinyl Flooring

Material: 100% Plastic

Ideal for: Bathrooms, kitchens, commercial spaces

Pros:

  • Affordable, can be cheaper than laminate flooring in some cases
  • Luxury vinyl products are now available - these are worlds away from the cheap-looking vinyl tiles of the past
  • Easy installation
  • Holds up well in any humid or high-moisture environment, such as the bathroom

Cons: 

  • As luxury vinyl flooring is a relatively new innovation, people generally have the misconception that vinyl looks cheap and nasty.

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