Laminate and vinyl flooring: which is the best option for your home? These hardwood alternatives are both affordable, durable, modern, and low-maintenance. Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley is proud to connect Glen Mills homeowners with both laminate and vinyl flooring. To help you make the best decision for your home, we’ve compared and contrasted the benefits of each!

Appearance

Laminate and vinyl are both available in a wide array of colors and patterns. Wood-look laminate mimics wood with a photographic applique layer overlayed with a clear protective layer. When compared to standard vinyl planks, laminate comes closer to true wood in both appearance and texture.

It’s a different story with luxury vinyl, however. Luxury vinyl is thicker than standard vinyl, which allows it to better replicate the appearance of hardwood. Laminate and luxury vinyl are evenly matched in their ability to mimic the classic appeal of wood flooring.

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Luxury Vinyl Planks

Cost

Both laminate and vinyl are budget-friendly flooring options, evenly matched in price. More expensive laminate options are priced similarly to luxury vinyl.

Durability

Laminate and vinyl both hold up well against daily wear-and-tear. Vinyl does have one advantage over laminate, however. Vinyl flooring is completely waterproof, making it ideal for damp or humid areas – bathrooms, basements, mudrooms, and beyond.

Though more water-resistant than hardwood, laminate will still warp if exposed to excess water or humidity.

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Laminate Planks

Eco-Friendliness

Laminate is a clear winner in eco-friendliness. Laminate is crafted from recycled hardwood, and its manufacturing is a comparably low emitter of chemicals. Vinyl has come a long way, but it’s still far from eco-friendly.

Resale Value

Though laminate and vinyl lack the perceived value of hardwood, these flooring options can still add value to your home. Laminate and vinyl are visually appealing, capturing the natural beauty of hardwood. These durable materials are also an excellent choice for replacing damaged flooring. Compared against each other, laminate has a better-perceived value than vinyl. Despite performing similarly, vinyl has had difficulty shaking off its reputation for being a low-budget flooring.

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Laminate Planks

Get Started in Glen Mills Today!

To learn more about vinyl and laminate flooring, give the team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley a call! We’re happy to bring samples straight to your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Glen Mills, Kennett Square, Media and surrounding areas.

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