The Difference Between Vinyl & Laminate

Vinyl FlooringIndecisiveness is every home-owners worst enemy, especially when it means picking between two different flooring options that are extremely similar to the eye. Vinyl and Laminate flooring are different in many ways, yet are barely distinguishable to those who aren’t flooring experts like our Carpet One Floor & Home team in Asheville, NC. For home owners trying to decide between the wood flooring look a likes, we have your insight that will make you a flooring expert too. 

The Go-To

What makes Vinyl and Laminate the go-to instead of hardwood flooring is easily the pricing and maintenance advantages. Not to mention both flooring options are just as durable as hardwood flooring. This is not to put down hardwood flooring, but if you are looking to save some money there is nothing wrong with considering vinyl or Laminate!

Vinyl and Laminate Installation

Although Vinyl and Laminate flooring may be similar to the eye, the installation process is very different.  For instance, when installing vinyl flooring an adhesive is first laid out on the floor. The vinyl flooring is then placed in position and sticks to the adhesive, which keeps it in place. Yes, the process is a little more complicated than that, but you don’t need to worry about that process with our installation professionals. On the other hand, laminate flooring is more like putting a puzzle together for it requires a click and lock assembly. In other words, it does not require to be glued down or nailed it. 

The Look

Both Laminate and Vinyl give the hardwood floor appearance. Most can barely tell the difference unless looking very closely. Besides the look, the feel of both floors are dissimilar. The laminate floor gives the closest look to a real hardwood floor, and with that can be very hard on the feet. As for vinyl flooring, it can be very comfortable and cushioning.


Laminate flooring is considered to be more firm than vinyl flooring. However, because laminate does not require glue or nails to be kept in place, humidity and moisture can be damaging to the floors. Vinyl locks out moisture and any spills because it is seamless.

Whether you choose vinyl or laminate flooring you won’t go wrong. Come by our store today and we will help you pick out the best flooring for your home!