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There are great reasons to choose either vinyl or laminate flooring for your home. We help you pick between them to find out which is the most suitable for your new flooring.


There's a big difference in the materials used to make each flooring type. The principle component of laminate flooring is HDF or high density fibreboard. This is a man-made material composed of wood pulp that is highly compacted. Vinyl flooring on the other hand is made from chips of the plastic-based substance PVC. Laminate has great durability and can mimic the look of wood flooring very well whilst Vinyl is both durable and comfortable underfoot.

How to install

Vinyl flooring is fitted using adhesive. This can be done via adhesive-backed tiles or using special glue by a professional fitter. Laminate is a great option for homeowners to install themselves due to the now-conventional click-loc system. It is a hassle-free option that is simple and popular amongst DIYers, just carefully line up the planks and click into place.

Technical attributes

Vinyl and laminate flooring both score highly on strength and durability. This makes either product ideal for family homes as they are wipe clean and can't be scratched easily. Vinyl will perform better in areas of the house most likely to come into contact with water (bathrooms, ensuites) however. It is 100% moisture-resistant whilst laminate will eventually suffer if water sits on the surface for too long. Where laminate scores better than vinyl is the looks department. Vinyl has been stigmatised for a long time as the 'cheap option' (although this is changing) and you can't beat laminate for a cost effective and visually appealing option.

Which is cheaper?

There really isn't anything to choose between laminate and vinyl when it comes to cost. Clearly there will be variations in quality and brand but overall both flooring types are a great choice for those on a budget.

Still unsure about which flooring is right for you? Give one of the Trendy Flooring team a call today to discuss your next flooring project and let us help you decide.

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