Laminate vs Vinyl: What’s The Difference? 


You can’t deny that it’s hard to tell the difference between laminate and vinyl flooring. The two are great look-alike alternatives to more expensive flooring materials like solid wood, stone and tile, but they both have different structures, purposes and prices. And if you’re struggling to pick between the two, let us help you decide which one is best before you make your purchase.

Which one is more durable?  

If you’re looking for a floor that’s attractive as well as durable, vinyl flooring is the one for you. Unlike laminate flooring, vinyl can last up to 20 years. Most vinyl tiles are made with a PVC base that provides the best protection against water damage and scratches. Making it’s one of the best options for family homes and those with pets. Laminate flooring has an MDF base which can get easily damaged if it comes in contact with water. 

Which one looks better? 

When it comes to appearance, vinyl flooring is the best. It can replicate pretty much any luxury surface including, solid wood, tile and marble at a much cheaper price. So while you may not have the funds for a brand-new solid wood floor, vinyl makes it possible with wood-like appearances. 

Which is easier to install? 

Whether you’re a DIY lover or a first-time DIY-er, you need to know which one is the easiest to install. Both laminate and vinyl tiles have a similar click-fit installation method that can either be floated or glued down. You don’t need to worry about hiring a fitter because the installation process is so easy!

Which one is more affordable? 

We all want the best deal when it comes to buying a new floor. But if you’re on a tight budget, you will want a floor that’s durable as well as practical. Laminate flooring is the most affordable out of the two. You can pay as little as £14.99 per m2 which is a lot lower than what you would pay for vinyl flooring. 

Which one is more comfortable? 

If you’re looking for a comfortable floor, then laminate is the best option for you. Laminate has an MDF underlayment that offers a slightly warmer and cosy feel than vinyl flooring. Your space will be even cosier if you’re planning on installing underfloor heating too!

Overall, it’s all down to personal preference, your housing style and affordability. But the real MVP for us is vinyl flooring. Not only does it offer a wide range of colours and designs, but it’s also more practical, affordable and durable than laminate flooring. What do you think?