Laminate VS Vinyl Flooring

Published on Friday, January 17th, 2020

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Laminate VS vinyl flooring: What’s the difference?

Renovating your home is a very exciting and also very challenging time. When it comes to choosing your flooring, what is most important to you? Many factors go into determining which flooring works for your home and lifestyle. Often design choices, functionality, comfort levels, and usually most definitely, cost are among the first thoughts when researching flooring options. Let explore some of the more budget-friendly options and their benefits: laminate VS vinyl flooring.


Laminate flooring in Scottsdale has become increasingly popular in the modern home over the last decade. It was the first wood-looking flooring that offered easy installation the homeowner could do themselves. However, it is not recommended for all areas of your home. Laminate is not recommended for wet areas of the home such as the bathroom and sometimes the kitchen as moisture can cause it to warp or swell.

In fact, we recommend laminate to be installed in areas where children and pets frequent. Laminate is very durable and offers a nice sound barrier as well.

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Laminate is not recommended for wet areas of the home such as bathroom and sometimes kitchen to prevent moisture from lifting the flooring. A foam moisture underlayment is required under the flooring during installation and requires a table saw. Because laminate is thicker than vinyl it is warmer to the touch, additional foam can be installed beneath for more comfort.

The cost can vary dramatically depending on the style you’re looking for. Our laminate flooring options range from very inexpensive at $.0.50 for 6mm oak-look boards to moderately priced at $3.00 for longer planked 12mm oak-look boards. You will find a wide variety of styles, including the sought-after mock hardwood flooring look. Over the years laminate has improved in how it has been manufactured, therefore, having laminate flooring in your home actually increases the value of your home.

However, nothing can compare to natural hardwood floors, therefore laminate can have a repetitive look to it. Additionally, it doesn’t offer the ability to be sanded and refinished as natural hardwood floors do.

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Vinyl floors are a popular option among homeowners, particularly in kitchen and bathroom applications. A synthetic cousin of linoleum, vinyl flooring is water-and stain-resistant, versatile, and provides good durability for the cost. Thanks to a number of advances over the years, today’s vinyl floors are attractive and economical.

Vinyl came into the flooring world a few decades ago but has since declined in popularity. With the introduction of plank shapes, easy assembly with snap-together pieces, and improved printing for a more realistic wood look, vinyl is becoming sought after once again.

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Vinyl is 100% percent waterproof and can be installed in all areas of the home including the bathrooms. Vinyl is also very easy for homeowners to install. The flooring does not require tools for cutting; simply use a utility knife to cut. The planks come with self-stick adhesive or click joints are available. Since the vinyl is installed directly over the subfloor it is cool to the touch but also hard to walk on.

The cost can vary dramatically depending on the style you’re looking for. Our vinyl flooring options range from very inexpensive at $.0.50 for basic colors and style, to moderately priced at $3.00 for premium luxury styles, including the mock hardwood flooring look.

Similar to laminate flooring, vinyl stands up to heavy traffic, is easy to install, and easy to maintain. However, if sharp or hard objects fall, it can dent the floor and the flooring can be damaged by extreme temperatures, like the Arizona sun.

Laminate VS Vinyl Flooring

No matter where you are in your floor buying journey, the dedicated team at Scottsdale Flooring America is here to answer questions, stay within your budget, and have your visions come to life. We have a showroom stocked full of our various flooring options, but don’t feel overwhelmed! We always have knowledgeable and passionate flooring experts available to help.

Contact us today with your questions, otherwise, we hope to see you in our showroom!

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