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Design Series: Vinyl flooring vs Laminate flooring

Hello again,

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.

Specialist Kelvin Van Heerden from Top Carpets – Umhlanga, explained the following:

Vinyl and laminate flooring are suitable to use in both residential or commercial projects, however, both do have pros and cons.


  • Waterproof
  • 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.

A special thanks to Top Carpets and Kelvin for all his help with providing information.

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