What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring?

What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring?
11/26/2017

Luxury vinyl vs laminate flooring – which is better?


What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring?

Vinyl and laminate flooring are commonly used in many different basement remodeling designs, but what’s the difference, and which is better? Let’s take an in-depth look at the luxury vinyl vs laminate flooring debate to see what material is better for basement remodeling.  

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiling) Flooring: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Flexible and resilient
  • Does not scratch or dent easily
  • Does not expand or contract with the weather (which causes cracks)
  • Can get absolutely soaked and not warp
  • The vinyl plank flooring is much more durable vs laminate flooring and lasts up to 15 years

Cons

  • More expensive than laminate flooring
  • Needs time for glue to dry after installation

Laminate Flooring: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Cheaper than LVT flooring
  • Literally snaps in place for a quick installation

Cons

  • Can’t get wet
  • Cannot be installed in basements with even a remote chance of flooding
  • Cannot be installed in basements with any humidity (because of warping)
  • Needs to be replaced after about a decade

Luxury Vinyl Tiling vs Laminate Flooring: Which is Better?

Both materials look nearly identical to traditional hardwood floors. Aside from the initial upfront cost, LVT flooring wins against laminate in all other categories. Plus, when you use LVT flooring, it lasts longer than laminate flooring, which means you usually get your money back in the long run.

When it comes to basement remodeling, there’s nothing wrong with using laminate flooring to save on the budget. Otherwise, go with LVT.

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