Yesterday I went on a little research day to find out more information about vinyl and laminate flooring. I was overwhelmed when faced with the dilemma of which one to choose when it came to installing flooring in a clients house. I thought I would write up a little “DID YOU KNOW” in order to help you decide which would be more suitable for your needs and spaces.
Vinyl and laminate flooring are suitable to use in both residential or commercial projects, however, both do have pros and cons.
- Easy to clean – can leave puddles on the surface
- Wide selection although can be difficult to get stock in a short amount of time
- One is able to use vinyl fooring on walls as we have done on our new office bathroom
- Not the most reasonably priced
- Scratch resistant
- Easy maintenance
- Profiles çannot be matched to flooring therefore one has to use aluminium profiles
- Can potentially fade in direct sunlight, depending on brand and make
- Cleaning – damp cloth, broom or mop with no abrasive detergents
- Good heat insulator
- Minimal expansion and contraction
- Minimal noise levels
- Substrate flooring has to be completely even otherwise every imperfection will be seen once flooring has been installed
- UV stable
- Gives and feels like a wood when walking on it
- Water resistant and can withstand a small amount of water on the surface however needs to be cleaned up immediately
- Cleaning – broom or damp cloth
- Profiles are available in matching wood finishes
- Generally more reasonably priced than vinyl flooring
Both laminate and vinyl are great options to sue for flooring. Each product is practical and gives warmth to a room unlike tiles or concrete screened flooring, however, depends on the look and feel one is wanting to achieve. There is a wide selection to choose from and I am sure you will easily be able to find a wood to suit your home and style.