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Vinyl VS. Laminate: What's Better for Flooring Installation For Your Dallas Home?

So, you've decided to install new floors. Perhaps you've spent hours looking through remodel magazines or scrolling Pinterest and already know exactly what you want done in your home. But more likely, you've just started the research process, were exploring your various flooring options and wound up on this blog.

Whether you plan on re-doing the floors throughout your living spaces, or just want to touch up a couple rooms, it can be hard to decide on a material.

Sometimes, the use of a given room helps dictate what material might be best. For instance, in the bathroom, ceramic tile or another kind of tile flooring might be a good option. However, for your main living areas, most homeowners land on vinyl or laminate—which is why we put together this blog, helping homeowners know which material is best suited for their needs.

No matter what flooring type you choose, the pros at Mr. Handyman of Dallas will be able to install it for you. Once you book a convenient appointment with one of our friendly office staff, we'll send over a flooring expert to get the job done right the first time. Our technicians are accustomed to working with both vinyl and laminate. No matter the installation method required, square-footage or aesthetic you’re going for, we offer professional installation services to clients throughout the Dallas area.

To learn more about the merits and drawbacks of vinyl and laminate, keep reading.

Pros of Vinyl

There are many kinds of resilient materials, including linoleum and even cork flooring, but among them vinyl is by-far the most popular. Discover why below.

Water-Resistant

Vinyl is made out of a type of plastic called PVC (polyvinyl chloride), meaning it's water-resistant. This makes it an ideal material for common areas like living rooms and foyers, and also for humid spaces like the bathroom or kitchen.

Low-Maintenance

Arguably one of the greatest benefits of this material is that it's very easy to take care of. It can be cleaned with a broom and conventional mop and bucket. It doesn't stain easily, it's dent-resistant and great if you have pets. Unlike other materials like hardwood flooring, vinyl will not scratch under claws and paws. Also, it does not need to be sealed or refinished like other materials such as slate or hardwood.

Inexpensive

Vinyl is very inexpensive. While there was a time when this material looked as “cheap” as it costs, these days the material has increased in quality while remaining budget friendly. Whether you're working on a smaller budget or have money to burn, vinyl is an excellent flooring choice.

Quality Finishes

As we mentioned above, new technological advances have made vinyl look like genuine wood, stone and even marble tiles! The photographic overlays on this material can even emulate the look of real grout. Not to mention, it's available in an assortment of color options and patterns.

Soft Underfoot

Vinyl is very pliable, which means that it also springs back a little when you walk on it. This makes it quite pleasant to walk on, rather than feeling too hard or uncomfortable under your feet.

Cons of Vinyl

Although this material sounds almost too good to be true, it does have its downsides.

Difficult to Repair & Remove

Once the adhesive used to hold vinyl tiles in place hardens, it's incredibly difficult to remove. Yet, should you choose to renovate down the road, it would still be possible to do so. With the help of a hardworking handyman team, such as the experts at Mr. Handyman of Dallas, we'll be able to carefully remove it in preparation for another material to be laid on top.

That said, the backing glue also makes it difficult to replace sections of vinyl. Unlike a tile floor, where if you have one broken tile it can be easily swapped out, vinyl planks are so secured it makes floor repair very difficult.

May Fade in Sunlight

Although most modern vinyl materials are made with UV protection, they still may fade when exposed to sunny areas over long periods of time. This could cause patches of your floor to look lighter than the rest of it.

Pros of Laminate

Laminate offers a range of benefits for Dallas homeowners. Or does it? Find out below.

Emulates Real Wood & Tile

Contemporary laminate is almost impossible to tell from the materials it copies, such as hard wood or tile. Made out of layers of synthetic material with a photo appliqué on top, modern-day cameras have made all the difference when it comes to giving this material its realistic appearance. Truly beautiful flooring, laminate has a wide color variation and is also available in a range of styles and patterns.

Long-Lasting

Depending on how well you care for them, laminate floors can last between 15 and 25 years. They are a very durable option as well. Unlike hardwood flooring, which scratches easily when pets walk on it, laminate is not prone to scratching, cracking or denting; it's designed to last.

Easy to Install

When it comes to installing laminate flooring, the process is very easy. The edges and ends of laminate planks or tiles are designed to snap together. It's almost as if the pieces fall into place on your behalf!

Low-Maintenance

Similarly to vinyl, laminate is very low maintenance. It can be swept, vacuumed cleaned with a product like Swiffer to help it stay in pristine condition. Unlike other materials like slate or hardwood, laminate does not need to be sealed or refinished—just like vinyl. However, it's not advised to use a mop and bucket on laminate because it's prone to water damage.

Cons of Laminate

Sounds like an excellent type of flooring, right? But there are a few disadvantages of laminate too.

Moisture Issues

As we hinted at above, water is laminate's nemesis. Even small amounts of moisture that are not wiped away promptly can cause it to warp and buckle. That's why you should not use a mop and bucket on your laminate floors, and promptly clean up any messes.

Hard Underfoot

Unlike vinyl, laminate does not have any give or spring. This can make it feel a little hard underfoot and slightly less comfortable to walk on compared to its plastic counterpart. Since it's quite hard, it's also a bit noisier to walk on—especially for pets running up and down the stairs.

Pro Tip: Can't Decide?

If you're still stuck wondering whether vinyl or laminate is better for your Dallas home, why not consider Vinyl Composite Core? Also known as VCC, this relatively new product combines the best features of both laminate and luxury vinyl. Composite vinyl has rigid planks that click together—similar to laminate. However, the planks are made from a waterproof composite material. This means you could place this flooring throughout your home—even in the bathroom—without worrying about the effects of water damage.

Hire Our Pro Flooring Installation Team Today!

Although there are many types of flooring to choose from, we hope this guide helped to narrow down your options. When you're ready to start laying down your new floors, give our pro team a call. Our experts will help bring your design vision to life with our professional installation services. We’ve helped clients with their home improvement dreams throughout the Dallas area, including in Garland, Mesquite and Balch Springs.

To get started today, we invite you to call our flooring professionals at 972-627-4518. We look forward to working with you and helping with your next flooring project!