Laminate vs. vinyl flooring

02 June 2016

So you have decided you need a hard-wearing and moisture-resistant floor, but cannot decide whether to choose laminate or vinyl? Here we explain the differences and similarities between the two alternatives.

  

MATERIAL

Laminate flooring consists of several layers and has a body of High Density Fibreboard (HDF), which is made of fine fibres of recycled wood compressed under high pressure. This makes laminate practical as well as inexpensive, with an extremely durable and scratch-resistant surface layer.

Vinyl flooring is made of several layers, consisting of PVC and fibreglass, which makes it extremely hard-wearing and also provides a softer, warmer feeling beneath your feet than laminate flooring. It is also more sound absorbent.

MOISTURE
RESISTANCE

Pergo vinyl flooring combines a moisture-resistant PVC substrate with a strong, dense click joint locking system, providing a 100% watertight surface. It is therefore one of the most water-resistant types of flooring on the market.

Pergo’s Moisture Resistance System combines moisture-resistant core materials with a strong, tight click joint. The surface protection of our new Sensation floors extends all the way into the bevels between the planks to create a fully sealed surface.

WEAR AND
TEAR

Both laminate and vinyl flooring have extraordinary scratch resistance, impact resistance and durability.

CLEANING

Both options are easy to clean. The TitanX™ coating on laminate flooring is so dense that dirt quite simply cannot take hold. The TitanV™ surface layer of vinyl is dirt-repellent, and the dense design of the click joint locking system prevents dirt from penetrating into the joints.

DESIGN

The design you see on laminate and vinyl flooring is a detailed image of the various materials. Most laminate flooring looks like wood, but Pergo also has laminate collections that look like stone or tiles.

Vinyl flooring is available in a range of different designs, including concrete, tiles, stone and different types of wood. Both are available in different textures and bevelling to accentuate the feeling of real, natural materials.


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