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The Difference Between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring


If you are choosing new flooring for your home, you may be familiar with vinyl and laminate options. While both are very durable, easy to keep clean, and budget friendly, they do have a few key differences to be aware of before making your choice. Here are a few things to consider if you are choosing between the two.

Vinyl flooring is entirely made up of plastic, synthetic materials. They come in a standard option and a thicker, luxury option. There are a variety of finishes available including a realistic-looking wood, stone, and tile. Since vinyl is entirely made of plastic, it is extremely resistant to moisture. It’s a great option for areas that are exposed to water, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. If vinyl flooring is immersed in water, it is able to easily be dried out without any issues.

Laminate flooring is 99% wood. The wood is bonded with resin and then overlaid with a plastic film. Similar to vinyl, it also comes in a variety of finishes. While it is durable when it comes to foot traffic, it isn’t as resistant to moisture as vinyl. Because laminate is made of wood, it can warp and get damaged if it’s exposed to a significant amount of water. Once this occurs, the damaged area of the flooring will need to be replaced. Laminate is thicker than vinyl, which makes it better at insulating and makes it more comfortable to walk on.

If you are in the market for new flooring, don’t hesitate to call our team. We can walk you through your different options and help you choose the best material for your home and budget.

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Anchorage, AK 99515

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Fairbanks, AK 99709

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