Two of the best alternatives to hardwood flooring are laminate and vinyl tiles. One of the biggest debates in the flooring world is which is better? I’m sorry to say from the offset, there is no right or wrong answer, and it really does come down to personal choice. There are however some subtle differences, that make them more suitable for different homes, and we’re going to break them down for you in this blog today.
Laminates make up is mostly layers and layers of ply moulded together in a laminating process. The main layer however is made up of a high density fibreboard, and incredibly durable material, making it ideal for homes with pets and children. It’s incredibly easy to install yourself, using the click-loc installation system. As the name suggests, click-loc simply clicks into place, and is very quick and simple. There is a wide range of designs, ranging from darker colours providing a warm aesthetic, to lighter colours making a room seem larger and give more of a summery feel.
We would recommend that you avoid fitting laminate in areas of high moisture or humidity, it can cause damage to your flooring over time. So with that in mind, it’s not ideal for bathrooms or kitchens!
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Vinyl Tiles are made up of polyvinyl-chloride (PVC), a firm, but slightly elasticated structure, which allows it to move and contract, preventing it from cracking. This structure makes it ideal for areas of heavy footfall and high traffic.
It has excellent levels of water resistance, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It also won’t discolour or warp in high moisture areas. It has the same fitting system as laminate flooring, click-loc. It sometimes will also have a fitting system called self-adhesive which is a glued process. It comes in a wide range of designs, and a large number of shades, colours, and finishes.
So, what’s the difference?
One of the main advantages that laminate holds over vinyl is the price, it’s incredibly cheap and by far one of the cheapest on the market. It’s very comfy underfoot, due to vinyl incorporating more wood qualities, it’s far harder to walk on.One of the key advantages of vinyl is the impressive water resistance levels. It’s highly suitable for areas of high moisture, and unlike laminate, can be fitted in kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be fitted in industrial areas as it’s incredibly durable.
Both types of flooring are excellent, and cheaper alternatives to hardwood. It is hard to separate them, and as you can see there are some subtle differences. It ultimately comes down to your personal choice, so good luck in making your decision!