Five difference between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring 

When it comes to your home it can be difficult to decide between the vast array of flooring available. It can be so easy to get bogged down with the different designs that you could easily end up settling. Settling for something that looks good to the eye and is affordable or within your budget. But many make the mistake of forgetting about the functionality of it and what would suit your home the best. It is important to ensure that you choose the right type of flooring for any particular room. Choose flooring that will last, is strong and durable and is the best quality. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing it a lot quicker than you wanted or expected.


Let’s be totally honest for a moment, do you really know the difference between the vinyl and laminate flooring? Have you ever even thought about it the differences between flooring? I know I didn’t, even when I first got my house. All I wanted was what looked the best and would fit in with the designs I had in mind. To be honest I didn’t really give much thought into what was actually more practical. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way. There is a difference and it can be a disaster if you don’t do your homework.

Five differences between Vinyl and Laminate Flooring 

So what are the differences between Vinyl and laminate? Well, I am glad you asked because there are several differences in quality between the two flooring types. CSW  has put together an in-depth article on 7 beautiful floor design ideas for your home and I implore you to check it out for some really great tips. In the meantime here are the main differences between vinyl and laminate flooring. Hopefully, these ideas will help you chose which the best is for you;



A cost-effective alternative to hardwood flooring.

  • Waterproof or water-resistant – this makes it great flooring for bathroom, basements and washroom.
  • Sticks to the floor underneath – vinyl is good in that you can literally glue it onto the floor underneath. It is very easy to install and gives the floor a look and feel of real hardwood.
  • Synthetic material
  • Soft and flexible –It is a good material if you have an uneven floor. It can cover humps although they need to be smooth and can also be placed on slopes.
  • Comes in sheets – It can be cut to fit any size room as it often comes in sheets.  Very easy to cut around objects such as a sink or toilet making it perfect for bathrooms.


An excellent solution for busy areas in a home or office like the hallway

  • Hard, inflexible and needs an even surface. If placed on an uneven or sloping surface it may move and even crack when you walk over it as it cannot bend.
  • Slots together – this means that it literally just slots together, no nails or glue and is relatively simple to do so you don’t necessarily need a professional to help you.
  • Made with recycled hardwood – although it is not real hardwood flooring if you buy good quality laminate flooring it can look like the real deal.
  • Not waterproof – not good for bathrooms, basements or anywhere that may get wet or humid.
  • Can expand/contract depending on conditions of the weather and it is recommended you stay off it for 24-48 hours so that it can expand/contract to the conditions of the room.


Vinyl can come in styles that look like wood and if you get a good quality one can look very nice. I have found some lovely ones on wood effect vinyl flooring that are reasonably priced and would look great in any room.

For ideas on how to style it why not head over to House Beautiful and see what amazing and functional space you can create? They have some great tips with on-trend colours and styles and always manage to tie the colour scheme and furniture in with the flooring giving it that extra wow factor.

So now that we know the differences between the two, I just have one final question for you… which would you choose in your home? What reasons sold you on your choice?



  1. June 22, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    I’ve seen some really pretty vinyl and laminate floors and I couldn’t really tell the difference. Your tips help, I’d love to get new floors this year.

  2. June 22, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Great tips. We did vinyl in the bathrooms and it looks great in my house. Looks exactly like hardwoods.

  3. OhNikka
    June 22, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Wow! These are great tips. I’m looking into new floors soon and now I have some good information.

  4. June 21, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    We had laminate flooring but then we switched to Vinyl, it exactly looks like wood and is waterproof. Great Post, your information is right on point.

  5. June 21, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Very informative post! I used “wood” laminate in my previous home and it looked almost exactly like real hardwoods but was a fraction of the cost 🙂

  6. Thena
    June 21, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I needed this as we are deciding on this right now, thank you!

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