One of the most common debates between laminate and vinyl flooring. Both types of flooring cost different and offer contrasting maintenance advantages over other flooring options such as hardwood, tiles, marble, etc.

Both laminate and vinyl flooring types offer aesthetics, durability and health advantages over traditional carpet flooring.

Both laminate and vinyl share the benefit of being extremely versatile in colour and texture that allow them to resemble hardwood, stone, marble, leather and even metallic. Both laminate and vinyl are also easily replaceable compared to other flooring types.

Despite the similarities, there are major differences between the two flooring types which you should consider before buying the ideal flooring for you home.

Key Difference:

Laminate

  • Cost-effective
    • No Hacking Needed
    • 99% Wood Product
    • Water-resistant
    • Estimated 10 years before replacement

Vinyl

  • Cost-effective
    • No Hacking Needed
    • 100% Waterproof
    • Estimated 20 years before replacement
    • Green Label Certified

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is constructed in layers and stuck together through a lamination process. This material consists of 99% wood. The main layer is made out of a high-density fibreboard, which makes the material more rigid than Vinyl.

Laminate flooring is installed using a unique Click-N-Lock system. What this means is that it does not need to be nailed or glued to your floor. This also means, that no hacking of your floor is required. Just a simple layover installation.

A key difference in laminate flooring is moisture and humidity can severely damage laminate floors.

Due to the sponge-like fireboard layer and the aerated gap that is necessary to have during the installation of laminate floors, it is not recommended in high moisture areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is also installed using the unique Click-N-Lock system. It is constructed using economically tested polyvinyl chloride that gives the material a firm, strong yet elastic structure. The material is extremely resilient due to its ability to compress and expand. Unlike tradition vinyl which cracks easily under pressure.

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Vinyl flooring is moisture resistant. This key feature separates the two flooring types. Vinyl flooring is waterproof. Vinyl flooring can handle full submersion in liquid without discolouration or be deforming, which is unique when compared to other flooring types.

It is also green label certified by the Singapore Environment Council. Proven to produce fewer formaldehyde emissions which are potentially harmful to children when exposed to an abundant amount. It is made from reclaimed plantation-grown rubber trees that are recyclable and also eco-friendly.

Which Flooring Material is recommended?

The main advantage that Laminate flooring has over vinyl flooring is pricing. Laminate flooring costs slightly cheaper. Typically laminate floors need to be replaced within 10 years due to wear-and-tear that happens within the fibreboard inside.

\Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, has an estimate of 20 years before any replacement is needed.

Which should I pick?

If you’re on a really tight budget, laminate flooring would be better suited for you. We personally recommend vinyl due to its moisture-resistant property and long-lasting nature. Be sure to hire the right contractor to install your laminate and vinyl flooring.

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