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01 Jul 19

For many people, laminate and vinyl flooring are often thought as the same thing. Some two decades ago, this would have been a somewhat accurate comparison. Things have changed a lot over these 20 years and these have morphed into two distinctly different flooring options, each with its own pros and cons. This was further advanced by the emergence of premium laminate flooring.

As professionals in all sorts home remodeling projects, we thought we would take the effort to define these two for those who may be in the market for new flooring options. We shall be focusing on the durability, applications, style and looks, among other aspects.

Stability and durability

The two materials apply the same concept when it comes to construction, which basically uses a backing system, a photographic image, and a wear layer. The difference comes in when you look at the composition of each. Laminate is made from a type of fiberboard known as HDF (high density fiberboard). The material is not water-proof, so you don't want this kind of flooring for areas with high humidity like the kitchen or bathroom. It would be ideal for areas with climate control though.

When it comes to vinyl flooring, the story is quite different. Take for instance parterre vinyl, which is hard with closed cells that make it impermeable to water, making it an ideal flooring solution for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. You won't have to worry about a sealant either unless you just want to add an extra layer of protection, which adds to the floor's shelf life. Vinyl is the kind of flooring option your contractor suggests for use in high-traffic areas and especially in commercial applications.

Cost implications

Laminate and premium vinyl may have a lot of differentiating characteristics but the price point happens to be the one factor that brings some sort of similarity. Premium vinyl is priced at between $2 and $5 for a square foot, which is much less the same price you would have to pay for laminate as it is charged at between $.50 and $5 for a square foot. If you ever had a problem choosing between the two, price should never be an issue to consider. It makes everything that much more interesting as you can pick purely based on the qualities you are looking for.

Style and looks

The vinyl vs laminate comparison is pretty much balanced when it comes to the appearance, and one of the main reasons there is confusion between the two. Each applies 3D printing technology so can be used to replicate the look of a natural material such as wood and stone while saving on the expensive cost of getting either. In this case, you can count on the versatility of each to give you a look that is in line with your remodel.


Generally, the two are the same in many aspects, including the main concerns for most homeowners such as durability, cost and style. If you are thinking of a remodeling project, then you shouldn't be too worried about choosing one over the other mostly because you won't have to spend too much on either alternative.


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