Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring

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Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive way to renovate a room. (texture floor image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com)

Two of the more popular forms of flooring are laminate and vinyl flooring. Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages and they are very different from each other. However, both are relatively easy to install in an afternoon.

Vinyl Flooring

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
Inexpensive, durable and easily cleaned (John Howard/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Vinyl flooring is made from vinyl and is relatively inexpensive. It works well in any room of the house and is very durable and easy to clean.

Individual Vinyl Tiles

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
Easy to install (John Howard/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Individual vinyl tiles are 12-inch (30 cm) squares that have a glue backing. To stick the tile to the floor you simply peel the backing off and place the tile on the floor. These are easy to install for any homeowner.

Roll Vinyl Tile

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
Slightly more work involved (John Howard/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Rolled vinyl tile is 3 feet (90 cms) across and comes in 10- to 15-foot rolls (3 to 4.5 m). It has no backing and must be glued to the floor. To install this type of vinyl tile, you must glue it down. This increases the amount of work involved. These also must be rolled after they have been put down to keep them flat.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
This can be put down in one afternoon (John Howard/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Vinyl tile is easy for the homeowner to put down and can be done in an afternoon. It is waterproof and stands up to traffic well. However, it will fade and on occasion pull up from the subfloor.

Laminate Flooring

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
A combination of fiberboard with wood veneer (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Laminate flooring is a combination of a particle board or fiberboard with a wood veneer. The wood veneer is glued to the top of the fiberboard and is 1/8 inch thick (30 mm).

Installing Laminate Flooring

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
It links into itself without glue or nails (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Laminate flooring links into itself without the use of glues or nails. This is called a floating floor. The reason for this is to allow for expansion of the floorboards due to weather conditions. It is a relatively easy installation that most homeowners can do by themselves. The only items needed are a mitre saw and tape measure.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Difference between laminate & vinyl flooring
It can be put down in one afternoon (David Sacks/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Laminate flooring can be put down in an afternoon and used in most rooms in a house. It is not recommended for areas where there will be large amounts of moisture. This will cause them to warp if the water gets underneath them. They can also become very slick if water is spilt on them.

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