postheadericon Get the Best with both Vinyl and Laminate Flooring Installers

You have no doubt heard all about both laminate flooring and vinyl optionsas well as a range of pros and cons for both, while looking into floors for your new home or for some exciting home renovations. Every supplier or laminate flooring installer you speak to probably tries to convince you to choose either one or the other, but you could actually be missing out if you decide on only one! They are both good quality, affordable products, so why not get the best of both worlds?

Pros and cons of laminate flooring

 

There’s no shying away from the fact that laminate flooring is the favourite for most homeowners and laminate flooring installers. Laminate can imitate practically any variety of hardwood, stone or cement flooring you may want for your home, and at an absolute fraction of the cost. Add to that the fact that they are extremely hardy and designed to last a very long time, and you’re looking at an investment of a flooring material that is guaranteed to last for years.

 

The only problem with laminate flooring is that due to it having a wood core, it cannot handle exposure to excessive dampness or moisture. Even if the laminate flooring installers do a perfect job, exposure to water and extreme humidity will result in moisture penetrating the wood core which may eventually ruin your floor.

Pros and cons of vinyl flooring

 

Vinyl flooring is a 100% plastic option, so this guarantees your floor’s water resistance. Vinyl flooring is also an affordable option, which is a major deciding factor when making flooring choices these days. So with this you get a floor that looks better than the old vinyl and lino floors – the technology has aged well – and a water-resistant floor that will hold up in wet or humid conditions without breaking the bank.

 

However, whereas vinyl flooring deals with moisture very well it doesn’t do too well with heat and sunlight. The plastic in vinyl flooring can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) under certain – usually hot – environmental conditions, and it is also known to warp and perish with regular exposure to UV radiation. A lot has been done to correct these problems, but more advanced varieties of vinyl flooring are naturally more expensive.

The benefit of combined installation

 

It is clear that both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, but the most interesting thing about this is the way in which they actually cover each other’s weak points. And a good laminate flooring installer would know this.

 

Laminate flooring is affordable, versatile and durable enough to be the perfect flooring solution throughout your home. The only places it would not be suitable include bathrooms, which experience a lot of moisture and where floors are constantly wet, and sculleries or kitchens, which are also prone to wet floors. These rooms generally have limited exposure to sunlight, and so they are ideal for vinyl floors which can handle the water while staying safe from UV damage.

The recommendation in this case would be to use vinyl flooring in slightly damp rooms like the bathroom and kitchen, while using laminate flooring everywhere else. Your best bet, though, would be to get in touch with a professional laminate flooring installer who knows both materials well. Get the specialists to advise you on your home’s unique needs.

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