Laminate and Vinyl ﬂooring do a great job of imitating more expensive surfaces (like hardwood and natural stone) and are perfect in a functional setting where practicality (and affordability) are your priorities. In a playroom, the family room, or places where dogs are running around, it just makes sense. Itʼs attractive, easy to clean and comes in a number of colors, patterns and styles to suit almost every house!
Laminate is made up of a core layer of dense ﬁberboard with a plastic top wear layer. Lamination is the technique of manufacturing a material in multiple layers, so that the composite material achieves improved strength, stability, sound insulation, appearance or other properties from the use of differing materials. Laminate provides the exceptional combination of style, performance, ease of maintenance and installation.
Pros: Affordable, easy to clean and care for, and easy to install.
Cons: Laminate ﬂooring will react to standing water and strong humidity in the same way as solid wood ﬂooring.
Vinyl started losing out to Laminate with the introduction of better-looking, better-performing laminate ﬂooring. Now, with the introduction of plank shapes that are long and narrow, mimicking real wood boards; “click” joinery (which allows adjoining boards to snap together; and improved printing and texturizing techniques that resemble wood or stone, vinyl ﬂooring is on the rise once again!
Pros: Vinyl matches laminate in cost, looks, and DIY-friendly installation but beats it hands-down in its performance in humidity.
Cons: Because laminate is thicker than vinyl and incorporates wood content, its easier to walk on and is warmer to the touch than the vinyl.