Vinyl flooring is a synthetic flooring material that is durable, affordable and easy to install. Vinyl is commonly confused with other types of flooring,
such as linoleum and laminate flooring. Luxury vinyl tile and planks are increasingly popular due to their versatility, ability to hold up in moist
environments and realistic wood plank and stone tile appearance. So, which one is best for your home? To answer this question, you must first
understand the differences between these popular flooring options.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAMINATE AND VINYL FLOORING?
Unlike vinyl flooring, which is made of synthetic materials, laminate flooring contains some wood. This is the main reason laminate flooring is
vulnerable to moisture and humidity. Laminate flooring contains a wood fiberboard core with an image of wood grain sealed beneath a clear
protective layer. All these layers are laminated together to provide a more rigid and realistic flooring material. Laminate flooring is typically
sold in planks that snap together for the look and feel of hardwood floors.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VINYL AND LINOLEUM?
Unlike vinyl flooring, linoleum flooring is made from all-natural materials. Linoleum is an eco-friendly flooring option that has been used for
almost 150 years. That may be why it carries an “out of date” stereotype. However, it is a great choice for those looking for something
durable, environmentally friendly and affordable. It is not as water resistant as vinyl but can last a lot longer if properly cared for. While
vinyl is mostly maintenance free beyond general sweeping and mopping, linoleum requires an annual protective coating and waxing,
which is why it lasts longer. It is slightly more expensive than vinyl and typically used in commercial spaces.