Luxury vinyl and laminate flooring are both popular options for homeowners looking for affordable and durable alternatives to traditional hardwood or tile flooring. They have some similarities but also distinct differences. Here's a comparison of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) and laminate flooring to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Material Composition:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF): LVF is made of synthetic materials, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and other polymers. It often includes multiple layers, including a wear layer, printed design layer, core layer, and backing layer.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate consists of a fiberboard core with a high-resolution image layer that mimics the look of wood, stone, or tile. It is topped with a clear wear layer made of melamine resin.                                                                    
  2. Appearance:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF is available in a wide variety of designs, including wood, stone, and tile patterns. High-quality LVF can closely mimic the look of natural materials with realistic textures and colors.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate flooring also offers a range of styles and patterns, but it is typically less convincing in replicating the authentic look and feel of natural materials compared to LVF.                                                                                  
  3. Durability:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF is known for its exceptional durability. It is resistant to scratches, stains, moisture, and dents. Some LVF products are specifically designed for high-traffic areas and commercial spaces.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate is durable but more susceptible to moisture damage than LVF. It can be prone to chipping or denting if heavy objects are dropped on it.                                                                                                                               
  4. Installation:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF is available in various installation methods, including glue-down, click-lock (floating), and peel-and-stick options. It can be installed over a variety of existing subfloors.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate typically uses a click-lock or tongue-and-groove system for installation, and it is also a floating floor. It can be installed over most flat and dry subfloors.                                                                                                          
  5. Maintenance:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF is easy to maintain and clean. Regular sweeping or vacuuming and occasional damp mopping are usually sufficient to keep it looking good.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate is also easy to maintain, but it can be more sensitive to excess moisture, so spills should be promptly cleaned.                                                                                                                                                                                    
  6. Price:

    • Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF comes in a wide price range, but it tends to be slightly more expensive than laminate flooring, especially if you opt for premium options.
    • Laminate Flooring: Laminate is generally more budget-friendly compared to LVF.

In summary, both luxury vinyl and laminate flooring have their advantages and disadvantages. LVF is a great choice for areas prone to moisture or heavy wear and tear, while laminate can be a more cost-effective option for those seeking a wood or tile look. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on your specific needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences.

Westvalley Carpet and Flooring is your Calgary resource for laminate & luxury vinyl floors. Visit one of our Calgary showrooms to see a wide selection of laminate and luxury vinyl flooring.