Laminate Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring

Here’s some helpful information if you’re considering laminate flooring as a flooring option.

Laminate flooring is made up of layers of composite wood; a backing layer, an inner layer, a design layer and lastly, a top layer to protect it from wear and tear. The surface is a durable material but it’s often not as aesthetically pleasing as the natural material it is representing. Laminate wood grain rarely looks realistic, so if you were after a realistic timber look, laminate flooring may not be the best option. The rigid nature of laminate flooring requires a perfectly flat and smooth subfloor, and ramping is extremely tricky. The MDF or HDF body of laminate flooring is quickly and permanently affected by moisture, so wet-mopping, leaking appliances, rising damp and spillages are a real problem. When one area is damaged by moisture, the entire laminate flooring usually requires replacement, as most dislocated laminate planks just do not click back together properly.

Vinyl flooring comes in many styles and colours including a look that can emulate wood, stone, or tiles. Not only does vinyl flooring emulate the real thing in appearance, it also emulates the texture of natural materials. Many people find it difficult to spot the difference between vinyl flooring and the real material.

Modern vinyl flooring is made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Vinyl is a highly robust and versatile material which has made it very popular in flooring. It is hygienic, easy to clean, comfortable to walk or stand on and will handle heavy use and foot traffic with ease. It is also great at resisting stains, making it a good choice for people with pets and/or children.

Because of its resilience, vinyl flooring is an ideal choice where a natural wood would not be recommended; such as a bathroom or laundry. Vinyl flooring will give you the closest to a natural wood look if you are looking to emulate the aesthetics of timber flooring.

Benefits of vinyl flooring

  • Cleaning and maintenance

Vinyl flooring is durability, flexible and easy to clean. Clean can be done with a broom, a vacuum cleaner, or a mop. Unlike, some natural materials, vinyl flooring is water resistant which is good news if you have vinyl flooring in living areas and eating areas where drinks may be spilt or water may get splashed onto the floor.

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  • Installation

Vinyl flooring is perfect for people wanting to go the DIY route. Depending on the room it is installed in, vinyl flooring can be laid with adhesive, with double-sided tape, and even loose, so it requires few tools. Unlike laminate flooring which doesn’t repair easily, vinyl flooring can easily be lifted and replaced with loose pieces to match with the existing flooring. Due to its flexibility, vinyl flooring can easily cope with undulations and ramps which will reduce floor preparation costs, and make DIY even easier. Re-visiting subfloor issues is simply a matter of lifting the vinyl plank or tile and re-laying once remedied. This is not an option with laminate flooring.

  • Cost

One of the things that make vinyl flooring such a popular choice is its price. Per square metre it is one of the most affordable solutions in flooring and if you fancy laying it yourself, you can save even more. Some thin laminate floors at hardware stores are cheaper, but be prepared to pay another $25/sqm to have it professionally installed, only to have it all replaced when moisture gets into it. The quality and choice of designs in vinyl flooring make it a good choice for a fabulous look that can fit in with virtually any décor or furnishings.

If you’d like to find out more about whether vinyl flooring is the right choice for your circumstances, call Integra Direct or visit our website. We also provide useful and quality DIY information and instructions. We do Australia wide delivery as well as delivery on the Gold Coast.

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Loose Lay Vinyl

Loose lay is the fantastic do-it-yourself glueless floor system, that has taken Australia by storm! It is a non-click vinyl plank/tile which is laid by just butting up the edges to each other tightly.

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Glue Down Vinyl

Glue Vinyl is perfect for young families because it’s cost effective, low maintance and provides a fantastic realistic look. Another benefit of vinyl flooring is how durable it is.

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Click Together Vinyl

Click together vinyl planks interlock together to create a realistic wood or stone look. They can be glued down or installed as a floating floor. Click together can be installed with minimal tools.

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Self Adhesive Vinyl

Self adhesive vinyl planks are coated with a layer of pressure sensitive glue. This means that you can simply pull off the paper separator and the planks are ready to be installed.

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Carpet Tiles

More and more people are saving money by laying their own flooring, and carpet tiles are getting increasingly popular as they are becoming more economical and easy to maintain.

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