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You have been shopping around for new flooring and found that vinyl and laminate flooring are both durable, cost-effective, and beautiful flooring options. It is sometimes difficult to navigate all the differences between two good products. Below are some of the differences and similarities between vinyl and laminate flooring.

There are pros and cons to both vinyl and laminate flooring

  • Vinyl Flooring – Vinyl flooring is 100% synthetic plastic. It is excellent for areas with potential moisture, like bathrooms and kitchens. It can look very realistic, especially vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl flooring is very easy to clean. It can be wet mopped without any fear of damaging it. Vinyl flooring is excellent at repelling stains because it has a urethane layer to protect it. When walking on vinyl flooring, it can feel cold and hard.
  • Laminate Flooring – Laminate flooring is 99% wood. It is not recommended for areas of the home that may get wet because it has a fiberboard core that will swell when wet. Laminate flooring can get wet but needs to be cleaned up relatively quickly to not cause damage. The appearance of laminate flooring is realistic as it allows for deep embossing on the surface. It can be made to look like stone, ceramic or wood. An almost dry mop should be used to clean laminate flooring. It is stain-resistant because it is pressure laminated and has an aluminum oxide top layer.

There are pros and cons to both vinyl and laminate flooring. We can help you find exactly what you are looking for within your budget. Here at Premier Remodeling, we have many options for you to choose from. Give us a call or stop by today.