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The Key Differences Between Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Flooring

When your start your search for wood flooring types, you often face 3 options: Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring and Vinyl Flooring. Pick the best option can be overwhelming, but Face of Wood Flooring is here to help.

On this quick guide, we will look into only Laminate Flooring and Vinyl Flooring, since those two types of flooring compete hand in hand in terms of cost, and are often the way most homeowners on a budget take.

So, which one is best for you? Take a look at our quick guide to help you on your decision!

Look & Versatility

Both laminate and luxury vinyl can mimic the appearance of wood, but each option has its own distinct features.

Hardwood-look laminate flooring can have a realistic, natural wood appearance and can take on features like wood grain texture that can make it feel like real hardwood. It comes in a variety of hand-scraped or wire-brushed textures so you create the exact look you want.

Luxury vinyl flooring products are made of plastic components that can give the appearance of rich color and realistic printings of wood grain texture. However, the wood appearance of vinyl flooring is not as precise as laminate because it’s only printed on, not printed and then texturized like laminate can be.

Water-Resistant & Waterproof

Some laminate products are water-resistant, thanks to innovative properties that help prevent water damage. Many of the water-resistant laminate products that Face of Wood carries, are water-resistant for up to 30 hours.

Luxury vinyl products, however, offer excellent moisture resistance. In fact, we offer a wide variety of vinyl flooring options that are waterproof, so you can have peace of mind that your floors won’t sustain water damage in areas prone to lots of spills, like kitchens and full bathrooms. Many homeowners that want to give their kitchen or bathroom that wood look but are afraid of the damages they can face with Laminate or Hardwood, are migrating to Water-proof Vinyl Flooring.


Laminate and vinyl floors are extremely durable and both are preferred flooring choices for busy commercial spaces because of their resilience to scratches and dents.

Laminate, in particular, is a popular choice for living rooms, as it looks just like real hardwood and it can withstand lots of activity, like playful pets, rowdy kids, and lively party guests.

Face of Wood Flooring has a selection of rigid core vinyl plank, which is a vinyl floor that has been engineered with a core construction to give it added stability. This makes the plank or tile less pliable and sturdier. This innovation to traditional vinyl flooring making them feel even more like wood or tile floors, and it’s available with DuraLux Performance Luxury Vinyl and NuCore Waterproof Flooring.

Laminate and luxury vinyl each have their own benefits and features, but there’s an option out there that’s perfect for every home! If you need help deciding, don’t hesitate to use the contact form on this page to get in touch with us so we can provide you with a 100% free estimate on your home or business project.

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