Vinyl, on the other hand, ranges and has several installation types including peel & stick, glue down, floating and loose lay, at varying difficulties. If you are gluing down, it will definitely be more challenging than laminate.
Laminate is great for places that won’t see a lot of moisture. Full bathrooms and basements prone to leaks and flooding are not recommended for traditional laminate flooring. Kitchens are okay, but the floor will need to be treated more carefully when it comes to spills. Water-resistant laminate floors are better for these areas, but even those are still not as resistant to moisture as vinyl.
You can install vinyl literally anywhere! Bathrooms, kitchens, basements, you name it! For vinyl flooring vs laminate, vinyl definitely wins points in the versatility department, particularly where moisture is concerned.
Like all things, not all laminates and not all vinyl floors are created equal. However, high end for high end, laminate and vinyl are both very durable floors with long shelf lives.
For a long time, laminate flooring was thought to be much more durable but, if you ask me, vinyl can now do everything laminate can do and handle water better!
Effect on Environment
Okay, okay, so I know vinyl got a bad rap for a long time, but nowadays, vinyl and laminate are actually equally eco-friendly, so you don’t need to feel guilty about choosing one over the other! Some products are even Floor Score certified for indoor air quality, and some are made in the USA!! You’re welcome.
The winner of laminate vs vinyl flooring is really up to you. Both are strong, beautiful floors that are less expensive than natural wood, but if easy installation is your most important factor, laminate flooring is the more DIY friendly option (though we have plenty of instructions on installing vinyl as well!). If moisture resistance is your biggest concern, waterproof vinyl flooring will give you the most confidence.
Give each of these pros and cons some thought, and determine what’s most important to you in laminate vs vinyl flooring. The best part is, you can order free samples of both laminate and vinyl and compare and contrast for yourself.