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Issue Time:2021-09-03
When you want a durable, economical, attractive floor covering for your home that you can install by yourself, vinyl flooring and laminate flooring both stand out. They are equally easy to install. 

They cost about the same. From a distance, they look about the same. Is there any difference?
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is made from 100 percent plastic. This composition gives it superior resistance to moisture. When water sits on vinyl floors, even for extended periods of time, it won’t damage the surface. Vinyl’s water resistance makes it an excellent choice for rooms that are prone to moisture. For example, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

Vinyl flooring may look like a solid, homogeneous material but it is actually a layered product—much like laminate flooring. A minimum of four layers composes vinyl flooring. The top is a clear wear layer, with a high-definition photographic layer just below. A thick core layer forms the majority of the flooring, and at the bottom is a soft foam layer.
What is Vinyl Flooring
What is laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is composed of four or five layers of materials. At the top is a clear wear layer that protects the lower image layer—a photographic image of wood or stone. The third layer is a thin, impact-resistant layer, followed by the bulk of the product: High-density fiberboard, or HDF. The final, and lowest layer, is soft foam or, with some laminates, a backer paper layer.

All laminate floors use a high-definition photographic layer below the transparent wear layer to create the look of real wood or stone.

Laminate flooring’s standout feature is its appearance. Nearly every color, species and variety of natural wood and stone flooring can be found in laminate flooring: Hand-scraped, rustic, reclaimed wood, multi-tonal, natural finish, whitewashed, multi-length and much more.
What is Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl Flooring VS Laminate Flooring Key Differences
Vinyl Flooring & Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons
Appearance and Comfort

•  Vinyl Flooring
Higher quality vinyl plank and tile flooring uses an image or photo layer under the hard, clear wear layer. This image is usually of a wood species (for example, oak, maple or hickory) or, less commonly, stone.

•  Laminate Flooring
All laminate floors use a high-definition photographic layer below the transparent wear layer to create the look of real wood or stone.
Laminate flooring’s standout feature is its appearance. Nearly every color, species and variety of natural wood and stone flooring can be found in laminate flooring: Hand-scraped, rustic, reclaimed wood, multi-tonal, natural finish, whitewashed, multi-length and much more.

Lifespan
•  Vinyl Flooring
Thick, quality vinyl flooring can last up to 25 years, with thinner vinyl flooring’s lifespan limited to less than 10 years.

•  Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring can last between 15 and 25 years, though poorly maintained laminate may last only five to 10 years.
What is Vinyl Flooring
Water, Heat and Environment
•  Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is entirely waterproof, from the top to the bottom and all edges. Vinyl flooring soaked in water can be dried out and it will retain its dimensions and appearance.

Vinyl flooring, just like any other plastic, can be affected by heat. The heat specifications that most vinyl floorings meet, though, are usually far higher (158 Fahrenheit) than one can expect during daily use.

•  Laminate Flooring
With its wood-based core, laminate flooring is especially fragile when water comes into play. Water that is allowed to pool on the surface—near open seams or the edges—can work its way below and into the core. The core will soak up the water. After drying, the core will not return to its original dimensions.

Laminate flooring’s high-density fiberboard core is generally unaffected by heat. But other layers, such as the top wear layer, may melt under extreme heat. Like vinyl flooring, though, these temperatures far exceed those found in most homes.
What is Vinyl Flooring
Cost
•  Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring ranges from about $0.60 to $4.00 per square foot at discount stores. Sheet vinyl can be as cheap as $0.50 to $2.00 per square foot. But the low cost of sheet vinyl is often balanced out by the cost of installation. Plank and tile vinyl can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, but sheet vinyl generally requires professional installation.

•  Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring ranges in price from $0.50 to $3.00 per square foot at discount flooring stores. Name brand laminate flooring begins at around $3.00 per square foot and ranges up to about $5.00 to $8.00 per square foot for textured 12-mm-thick planks.

Installation
•  Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is easy to install. It can be glued to the subfloor or it can be loose-laid. Glued vinyl flooring comes in the form of tiles or planks that are glued with liquid adhesive or with self-stick adhesive backing. Loose-lay vinyl flooring is also called a floating floor: Planks attach side-to-side, but not to the subfloor.

•  Laminate Flooring
All laminate floors are floating floors. Like vinyl flooring, planks attach side-to-side. The weight and friction of the floor prevent it from shifting. Also like vinyl flooring, laminate flooring can easily be cut by scoring it with a utility knife and snapping it off.
What is Vinyl Flooring
Resale Value
•  Vinyl Flooring
Traditionally poor at returning resale value, vinyl floor’s stature has increased in recent years, as thicker and more realistic products have entered the market. Even so, vinyl flooring generally will bring in a lower resale value than laminate flooring.

•  Laminate Flooring
High-quality laminate floor ranks below solid hardwood and engineered wood for resale value. But laminate flooring still commands a higher resale value than most types of vinyl flooring.

Maintenance and Care
With both vinyl flooring and laminate flooring, it’s best to start cleaning with dry methods such as using a vacuum, brush, broom or dust mop. To pick up embedded dirt, damp mopping with a neutral detergent is usually all that is needed.

Where the vinyl flooring and laminate flooring differ is with wet mopping. For especially dirty floors, wet mopping is sometimes the easiest way to clean a floor. Vinyl flooring can be wet-mopped, while laminate flooring cannot.

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