Choosing Between Vinyl Plank and Laminate For Flooring
If you’re browsing flooring catalogues, perplexed by the distinction between these two options, you are far from alone. Unless you’re an industry expert or avid DIYer, picking out laminate or vinyl in a flooring line up is very difficult. Despite their similar appearances, however, they are each made up of different materials and are intended for different spaces and purposes.
With an inner core of wood, laminate has always held the spotlight for being eco-friendly, as well as being more visually appealing. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is 100% plastic. Consequently, it often bears the brunt of a bad reputation for being environmentally unfriendly.
Over the past few years, however, vinyl manufacturers have notably advanced their techniques, achieving eco-friendly, low-emitting material ratings. Furthermore, contemporary vinyl flooring now offers far more detailed textures than that of laminate. Among many other advantages, vinyl designs are now almost indistinguishable from actual timber.
Vinyl flooring could be fully submerged in water and remain completely unaffected. Laminate’s core wood base, however, is only moderately water resistant, causing it to expand and warp after prolonged exposure to moisture.
Due to the completely waterproof nature of vinyl, it is the perfect option for bathrooms, kitchens, and balconies. Due to vinyl’s scratch resistant surface, it is also the ideal option for families with playful pets, whose claws may damage most flooring.
Striking the balance between what is cost-effective and what will increase your property value can be difficult. You want something that is visually appealing, durable, low maintenance and heeds profitable return. The durability of both vinyl and laminate flooring is one of their greatest advantages, as both choices come with warranties, usually ranging between 10 and 15 years.
Your flooring decisions directly affect how your home, business, or investment property appraises. At Tile Wizards, we pride ourselves on having informed and friendly staff who prioritise helping you make the best decisions for your project.
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