Even though laminate and vinyl flooring share many similarities, there are a few fundamental differences that homeowners should consider before committing to their choice of flooring. Here, we list down five important differences to take note of that will surely help you with your flooring plans.
Because of how the two materials are made, laminates are harder than vinyl flooring. Laminates can stand great wear and tear after many years, while softer vinyl flooring runs the risk of being torn. Should you choose vinyl flooring in the end, do make sure that you have protective covers on your chairs and tables legs
Even if you’re not looking to do heavy industrial type of work at home, both laminate and vinyl floorings are still great home flooring options. And what about homes with playful kids, or maybe an active pet? Not to worry, both are generally very durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic.
As it is partly made of wood fibres, laminate flooring is considered less water resistant than vinyl flooring. As such, it is not recommended for wet bathrooms or laundry rooms. It swells in moist conditions, which causes the edges to curl upward when pushed against each other. However, vinyl flooring is highly water-resistant, and can handle dampness, spills and humidity better than laminates.
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Laminate versus vinyl flooring – which is easier to maintain? Generally, the upkeep and care required for both is rather simple, as they can be maintained with regular sweeping and common cleaning products.
However, when mopping laminate floors, homeowners should ensure that water does not pool over it for a long time. This will prevent it from swelling. As vinyl flooring is softer, take precaution and avoid dragging rubber materials on it to avoid colour stains.
As it is the case of most Singapore homes, our floors are often subjected to direct exposure under the sun. This may sometimes lead to floors fading in colour, but laminate flooring stands out as it does not change colour when exposed to sunlight. Nevertheless, you could install blinds or shades to generally keep the sun out of the room.
There is a wide range of styles and colours for both laminate and vinyl flooring. From wood, stone to cement, both can be customised to look realistically like these materials. Rest assured that you will be able to find the ideal flooring to suit your home’s interior.
What about laminate vs. vinyl costs? It is safe to say that both are usually less stressful on the pocket than most other flooring options. That said, homeowners should be aware that both types have their own range of designs and material grades, and these factors definitely affect the final price!
|Very durable but can chip and scratch after heavy wear and tear||Very durable but can tear if heavy furniture is dragged across|
|Not recommended for wet area use||Highly waterproof|
|Do not let water pool over when mopping.||If stained, gently scrub. Cover with carpet or rug if directly exposed to sun, or use blinds for the room.|
|Available in a wide range of wood, stone and ceramic styles and colours.|
Moderately easy to cut to preferred size.
|Available in a wide range of wood styles and colours.|
Very easy to cut to preferred size.
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