So you’re choosing your next residential flooring option, and you find yourself asking what’s the difference between these two manufactured materials. Laminate and vinyl flooring are both excellent choices for your home. Both can mimic the look of more expensive stone or hardwood flooring, as well as delivering on durability and ease of maintenance.
There are many overlapping claims to what laminate and vinyl flooring can both do, but you want to know what sets them apart. To help you decide which product is best for your home, let’s break down the differences between laminate and vinyl flooring. Then, contact RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers for your residential flooring installation needs.
Laminate flooring is made by bonding together a durable and decorative print over a wood chip core. A transparent protective layer on top of a photographic design makes up the outer part. The wood pieces are compressed and secured in resin to make the core.
The photographic layer of laminate flooring makes customizing your design super easy, one of the many benefits. Laminate flooring comes in pieces that when properly fitted together and installed offers a decent amount of water resistance. However, it is not waterproof. The wooden core, if water damaged, will swell and warp. Heavily damaged laminate flooring will need to be replaced at that point.
Even though water, and therefore wet mops, are not recommended for cleaning these type of floors, maintenance is still easy with laminate specific cleaning products.
Vinyl flooring comes in different shapes: planks, tiles, and sheets. For all of these options, vinyl flooring is a completely synthetic material. Layers of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, are pressed into sheets over a fiberglass base layer. Sometimes the base can be a thicker layer of PVC material. The final surface layer is embossed with a print to replicate anything, be it wood, ceramic, stone, or granite.
Tiles and planks of vinyl flooring are easily adhered down and installed into any room in your house. Vinyl sheets can be more challenging to manage and should be left for professional installation job for best results.
For care, wet or steam mops are fine to use to clean your floors but do not use wax in an attempt to polish vinyl flooring.
Which is Better for Your Residential Flooring?
Now that you are more aware of the differences between laminate and vinyl flooring, you can make a better-educated purchase for your home. However, we don’t want to tell you outright, which is better for your home in a blog post. Each home and household is different, so there’s not a single best residential flooring recommendation. Instead, consult our professional flooring staff with any questions or concerns regarding your unique flooring project.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to care for your new floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.