Monday, April 11, 2022

Laminate vs. Vinyl Planks

In residential homes common flooring options are laminate and vinyl planks. Laminate flooring has been around since the 70's. The core layer of laminate is made up of High density fiber board. Popular laminate flooring brands are (Pergo, Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong and Tarkett). 

Vinyl Planks have been around since 1926, and is made up of Poly Chloride or PVC. Vinyl planks were made in America and was first created in Akron Ohio. Popular producers are Life Proof, Shaw Flooring, Mohawk and Cali. The thickness of the top layer will determine which setting is best for the Vinly plank. For example residential homes will need 12 Mil or thicker, and commercial spaces will need 28 mil or thicker. 

Lamite Flooring is made up of wood fiber, however Vinyl is plastic. Laminate flooring is less expensive and is thicker than Vinyl. Due to laminate flooring being thicker it can feel better standing on it compared to Vinyl. The price per Sqft for Laminate flooring is $2.69, as oppose to $3.29 for Vinyl. When applying laminate flooring it should be expected to sit for 48 hours to acclimate to the homes temperature.

To determine which grade of laminate is best for application a home supplier may reference what's called a  'AC rating'. For example, AC1 is best used for bedroom and guest rooms. AC2 moderate traffic, living room and dining rooms. AC3 should be used for heavy traffic such as entry way and AC4 light commercial traffic such as offices and cafes (Belinda Carr).

Luxury Vinly is more scratch proof then Laminate. Laminate flooring is best used with dry mop and Vinly can be used wet or dry. The durability of Laminate and Vinyl is 10-20 years. 

Do you prefer Laminate flooring or Vinyl planks?


  1. Very informative! Sounds like Laminate is better

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