Scratch Resistant Laminate Flooring – I talk to you about the differencesbetween laminate and vinyl flooring. Both products are popular choicesusually designed to look like natural hardwood or stone. In fact they’re oftenmistaken for the real deal and most people can’t really tell the differencebetween the two. So, we want to break down the differences to help make yourdecision easier. Let’s start with laminate. Laminate is a great choice for those whowant to mimic real hardwood floors without sacrificing their bank account.It’s solid without giving movement just like traditional hardwood. Laminate istypically comprised of four layers. The backing layer, this is the backbone ofyour plank, it’s also referred to as a stabilizing layer. The core layer, this ismade with either high density or medium density fiberboard higher qualitylaminate comes with higher density core.
We love that it’s more moisture resistantthan the medium density options. The print layer, this is what makeslaminate look like wood, stone, metal and more. It can also include rougher, morenatural-looking scrapes like hardwood floors. Lastly you have the wear layer.This protects your floor and keeps it looking fantastic after 10 plus years. Now let’stalk about vinyl flooring. Vinyl’s often mistaken for laminate. That’s because it’squickly taking over the market with more realistic wood and stone looks than everbefore. Vinyl is also less high maintenance than laminate. Vinyl, like laminate, istypically comprised of four layers just using different materials. The backinglayer, the backbone of the plank. The core. This part is solid vinyl. These coresare high-density, moisture resistant and built to last. The printed vinyl layer.This is where your style and design comes from. It can mimic wood, stone and othernatural materials.
Lastly the wear layer. The thicker thewear layer the more protection you’ll have for your floor.It’s like your vinyls personal bodyguard. There’s that really much for pricedifference between laminate and vinyl. The top-end luxury vinyl you may pay alittle more for than a top-end of laminate. That is because the highest qualityluxury vinyl often includes a waterproof core, and ultra thick wear layer. For themiddle-of-the-road, beautiful and good quality options they’re honestly prettycomparable. It is also important to discuss installation costs with yourinstaller. Most laminate is installed as a floating floor that means you don’tneed any glue tape etc you just lay down right on top of your existing floor.Making it super DIY friendly. Vinyl on the other hand ranges and has severalinstallation types including interlocking, glue down, floating andloose lay at varying difficulties.
Laminate is awesome for places withlittle to no moisture. The floor is not nearly as resistant to moisture as vinyl.Vinyl can be installed anywhere; bathrooms, kitchens, basements, etc.