One of the common comparison in the flooring industry is, which is better: luxury vinyl flooring or laminate? Both types of flooring offer distinct cost and maintenance advantages over expensive natural materials such hardwood and tile. Both laminate and vinyl also offer durability, eco-friendly and cost effective advantages over traditional carpet flooring.
Laminate flooring is installed using click and lock assembly or glue down. This makes for an easy installation process for DIYers, but also means that the flooring material should NEVER get wet. Moisture and humidity can severely damage laminate floors due to the sponge-like fiberboard layer and aerated gap underneath. Installation of laminate flooring in bathroom, kitchen or other high moisture areas is not recommended for this reason.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is constructed using polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which gives the material a firm but elastic constitution. The material is considered “resilient” due to its ability to compress and expand with contact instead of cracking.
The biggest improvement over traditional vinyl flooring is that the flooring is water-resistant. Luxury vinyl flooring can handle full liquid submersion without warping or discoloration, which is an extremely rare characteristic when compared to other home flooring materials.
Luxury vinyl flooring is also protected by durable “wear layer” of urethane for maximum protection and orthopedic comfort. The thicker the wear layer is, the more durable the flooring to high foot traffic.
Overall, luxury vinyl is the clear winner. While both flooring materials may be similar in cost, appearance and maintenance, luxury vinyl flooring is less hazardous, waterproof and has double the lifespan and warranty of most laminate floors.