Vinyl Vs. laminate-plank flooring: Pros and Cons

Vinyl and laminate are well- liked options for flooring and has become a trendy option among many home owners. Vinyl is fairly inexpensive also considered to be extremely resilient. Laminate is meant to provide the look of hardwood, but it is not made of wood at all, but rather consists of several materials bonded together under high pressure. However, with these many advantages, there are some pros and cons on choosing these flooring’s.

Vinyl- Vinyl is highly tough, flexible, making it a smart choice for your home. It comes in many different colors, patterns and textures so it’s easy to maintain and fun to personalize your space.

Vinyl Vs. Laminate Flooring

Pros-
Vinyl Design Options- The colors and pattern options that are available with vinyl flooring are nearly endless. You can even customize and cut vinyl into any shape or design you wish to go with. Also, printed vinyl is even more versatile, allowing you to recreate the look of natural stone, hardwood.
Low Maintenance- Vinyl is moderately easy to care then other floor coverings. You can clean the surface easily either with plain water or with vinyl floor cleaner to remove stains. That makes a great choice for family homes.

Water Resistant- Vinyl floor is almost impermeable to water penetration, making this the perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other high moisture space in the home.

Inexpensive & Durable- Vinyl is likely inexpensive, long lasting with number of collections. The difference in price is determined by the quality of the tile, and the design options found in the surface. Vinyl is normally considered to be a highly durable material and it can last for years to 20, if properly installed and maintained.

Stain Resistant- Printed vinyl tiles and sheets have a clear wear layer that acts as a surface barrier, protecting the floor from stains and spills and can be maintained easily.

Ease of Installation- Vinyl tiles and vinyl plank flooring is relatively easy to install.

Cons-

Volatile Organic Chemicals- One of the biggest concerns of vinyl is that, it emits volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the air, especially when the flooring is new. This can cause respiratory problems and asthma effects for those who are very sensitive.

Difficult to repair- High quality vinyl will be durable, while low quality material will be susceptible to rips and tears. Unfortunately vinyl flooring cannot be refinished, so when it is damaged it needs to be removed and replaced.

Paling Effects – Interaction with direct sunlight can fade the material, while dirt can be trapped beneath a wax layer on a vinyl floor, discoloring the material. However, high quality material tends to be resistant to this type of damage.

Laminate- Laminate is reliably reproduces wood, stone, and other natural materials. In addition, laminate is easy to install. Here, you can see laminate flooring in all point of views.

Pros-
Price and Installation- Laminate are cheaper and easier to install than hardwood flooring Phoenix. It can be placed on top of almost any existing floor. Also, the interlocking planks make it an easy installation for weekend worriers and can be uninstalled with no damages on the floor or the original flooring beneath.

Durability- Laminate works well in high traffic areas of your home with pets as well. It’s highly durable, scratch resistant and easy to clean. You can just use a dust mop or a damp mop with water.

Resale Value- Laminate flooring  can add the resale value to your home. Most home buyers are looking for hardwood floors as a substitute of carpet. Laminate gives you the wood look and can make your home look more open and modern and can say as “Environmental Friendly Flooring”.

Cons-
Not Real wood- Technically, there is wood in laminate flooring- a wood chip base layer. However, for all intents and purposes, laminate flooring is not wood.

Slippery- Traditionally, laminate flooring is slippery. However, today in manufacturing these laminate flooring has been developing slip resistant wear layers.

Cannot be Refinished- This is probably the biggest disadvantage of laminate flooring, if the surface is heavily damaged, deep scratched or grooved it cannot be refinished. It should be completely replaced.

Overall the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of these flooring’s. Although, it will show signs of wear and tear after a few years, these floor coverings are worthy options for many reasons of your home.

Vinyl Vs. laminate-plank flooring: Pros and Cons was last modified: June 6th, 2014 by Jason Valasek