One of the most common questions we’re asked by our clients is: “What do you recommend, Vinyl or Laminate?”
Both vinyl flooring and laminate flooring offer a realistic wood plank look at a fraction of the cost of real hardwood flooring. Although it is hard to say which one is best, they both have pros and cons which need to be considered before choosing the best option for you and your space.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic product made up of multiple layers which are fused together in a process using extreme heat. The end result is a realistic looking wood look plank with a click system built in allowing for an easy installation process.
Laminate floors are installed as a floating floor, meaning we do not use adhesive, the boards are simply clicked together. They are installed over an underlay to give it a soft and comfortable feeling when walked on. Expansion gaps must be considered and suitable trims and accessories used where necessary.
Pros of Laminate Flooring:
- Cost Effective
- Scratch Resistant
- Can be installed over almost any subfloor
- Easy Maintenance
Cons of Laminate Flooring:
- Susceptible to moisture/water damage
- Noisier underfoot than vinyl
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are manufactured using multiple layers of vinyl, with a printed decor paper embedded between the layers. The top layer is a durable and textured protective film, providing a realistic wood grain look, while providing the scratch resistant characteristics the floor needs.
One of the biggest advantages of LVT is its moisture resistance and is thus perfectly suited to wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. When considering vinyl flooring, it is most often imperative that a good quality self level screed be applied prior to installing LVT. As it is a thin and flexible material, any imperfections in the subfloor will mirror through the vinyl in time, spoiling the look of your floor. Do not avoid this very important part of the LVT installation process.
When installing LVT using the glue down method, expansion gaps are not necessary as the adhesive prevents expansion from occurring, allowing for a more seamless finish when comparing it to a laminate floor.
Pros of Vinyl Flooring:
- Water Resistant
- Quiet Underfoot
- Durable and Scratch Resistant
- Can be installed in patterns such as Herringbone etc
Cons of Vinyl Flooring:
- Susceptible to fading/discolouration from direct sunlight
As you can see, it is hard to say which of the two products is “better” than the other. They are both extremely well fit for purpose! Each and every site differs from the next, and we consider these differing factors when advising our clients on which product to choose.
Please contact us should you wish to arrange a consultation.
Cheers – The HiDe Flooring Team
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