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How do LVT and Laminate flooring compare?

Vinyl flooring and laminate flooring are often confused and thought of as similar products.  In fact, they are very different types of floor covering. Both are very popular choices of flooring.  Here are the similarities and differences between LVT and Laminate:


What exactly is LVT flooring?

LVT is a hardwearing, durable, waterproof floor covering made from multiple layers of vinyl.  It is flexible and thin, making it very versatile and adaptable.  The surface has a realistic look of either wood, stone or ceramic tile.  Generally speaking, LVT is extremely resilient and has a scratch resistant surface, making it the perfect choice for any room in your home.  You can use. LVT with underfloor heating and it is waterproof so it is also great for bathrooms and utility rooms.

For more information about LVT flooring, read our article: What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Quick-Step Light Oak Vinyl Flooring

What exactly is Laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor covering that has been made to look like wood or stone flooring.  The top layer is a photograph of wood (or stone).  This is laminated by a protective surface layer.  The base of laminate flooring is usually made of a high-density fibreboard, which gives the flooring strength. Some types of laminate flooring are now waterproof, and some have a built in scratch guard. Laminate flooring is versatile and can be used in most rooms in your home.  Be careful if you are thinking about using it in a bathroom, kitchen or utility room as not all ranges are waterproof.  Quick-step do have a range of laminate flooring (Hydroseal) that is waterproof and provides 100% resistance to moisture.

For more information about Laminate flooring, read our article: What is Laminate Flooring?

Elka Oak Laminate Flooring

What are the similarities and differences between LVT and Laminate?

  • Both are easy to install with click fitting systems.
  • You can find laminate flooring at a cheaper cost than LVT, but the quality may not be as good.
  • Both are easy for you to look after and maintain.
  • LVT is suitable for any room in your home, even bathrooms.
  • They are both strong and hardwearing but generally, LVT is more durable.
  • If you are looking for a water proof floor, either choose LVT or make sure you choose a waterproof laminate.
  • All types of LVT can be used with underfloor heating. Most types of laminate can be used with underfloor heating.
  • Some types of LVT can be used in commercial properties as they have been designed to be even more hardwearing.
  • There are many styles of LVT and laminate flooring to choose from, including, wood, stone and ceramic tile effect.
  • Both are warm and comfortable to the touch.
  • Finally, both LVT and Laminate are hygienic and great for pet owners.
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