Two terms you'll encounter a lot when you shop for flooring are laminate and luxury vinyl. We did some research to help you know the difference between the two, so that you can make the best choice for your home and family.
Some people might get luxury vinyl and laminate confused, because they can both look like hardwood or ceramic tile. They aren't actually wood or tile. Both laminate and vinyl flooring provide the look of wood, tile, or stone, but at more affordable prices.
WHAT’S IN LUXURY VINYL FLOORING?
Vinyl flooring is made from–you guessed it!–vinyl, which gives the material a firm but elastic construction. You'll often hear it called LVT for luxury vinyl tile, or LVP for luxury vinyl plank. It's composed of layers. On top is a protective coating, also known as a wear layer to make it extremely durable. Next, there is a printed photorealistic image that gives the product its beautiful look and color. Beneath the image there is the core of the product which can be either vinyl, Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) or Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) all 100% waterproof. Lastly, the backing which provides insulation and makes it softer to walk on.
WHAT’S IN LAMINATE?
Laminate is also made of layers. The top layer of a laminate floor is a very strong, clear, melamine wear layer. It protects the photorealistic image that you see through the melamine. The third layer is a high-density fiber core, which gives the floor its strength. And the fourth, bottom layer is another balancing layer of melamine. Some laminate also comes with another layer called underlay attached to the product that gives laminate added comfort and insulation.
Vinyl can be installed using the float, glue, or loose lay methods. Floating installation means the planks are locked together, but they are not attached to the wall or the subfloor. Laminate is designed to always be installed using the floating method.They can both be installed over wood subfloors or concrete subfloors. Both products can be installed on any level of the home–including the basement! And both are great DIY projects.
Laminate is not suitable for areas with high levels of moisture, which could warp or permanently damage your floor. Vinyl is stain-resistant, as well as resistant to water, mold, and mildew, making it an especially great choice for basements and bathrooms. And most of Anderson Floors' luxury vinyl styles are 100% waterproof.
Laminate is generally more affordable than vinyl. However, both are generally more affordable than hardwood or tile.
Both options from Anderson Floors will give you a wide variety of stunning styles representing the look of different wood species, textures, and colors. So whether you choose laminate or vinyl, Anderson Floors has a range of options to fit your every style and budget. Good luck making your final choice. If you have any questions, Anderson Floors experts are always here to help.
Top Brands for Laminate
|Bealieu Canada||Shaw Floors||Fuzion Flooring||Toucan Flooring||Kraus Flooring|
Top Brands for Luxury Vinyl Plank
|COREtec Floors||Bealieu Canada||Shaw Floors||Fuzion Flooring||Floors At Work||Kraus Flooring|