Vinyl vs Laminate

One of the largest debates that leaves the flooring industry in disagreement is Laminate vs Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). They both have a number of similarities, but there are also a few subtle differences that can be a struggle hard to find, but in this blog we’ll show you a few of them to try and help you make your decision! First and foremost we’ll break down what exactly they are.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl Tiles are made with polyvinyl chloride otherwise simply known as PVC, which gives it a firm, but elasticated construction. Vinyl moves and contracts which prevents it from cracking, so is perfect for areas of high traffic.

LVT is also very water resistant, and this prevents it from discolouring or warping, this is a rarity in flooring of this type which is one of the reasons it stands out from the crowd. It’s also very easy to fit, as it comes with either a click-lock system which you can do yourself, or a glued system.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Laminate

Laminate is made up of a number of  layers, and then brought together during a laminating process, the main layer made up of a high density fibreboard making it very sturdy and durable. Similarly to vinyl it’s installed using a click-loc system, and this makes it one of the easiest floors to install yourself.

It is recommended you keep laminate away from areas of high moisture and humidity, as it can cause serious damage to your floor.So it’s highly recommended you keep it away from bathrooms,  kitchens, and any other high moisture areas.

Laminate

What’s the difference?

The leading advantage that laminate has is the price. If you’re a home on a budget, this is the flooring for you, as it is a lot cheaper than vinyl. It is also arguably more comfortable under foot than LVT, laminate is a thicker material, and vinyl incorporates more wood qualities.

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 for it, so is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens and in big industry warehouses.

Other than a few subtle differences they are very comparable. It is very difficult to separate them, the main difference is the price, so in that field laminate takes the prize by a significant amount. LVT is the more practical of the two, due to its water resistance you can place it in any room and be confident it won’t be badly affected.  We hope our guide has helped you make your decision!

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