Laminate flooring is much thicker than vinyl. In fact, laminate planks can range in thickness from 6 mm all the way up to 12 mm. This is down to the fact that the core layer in laminate is usually a compressed fibreboard plank mixed with melanin resin. There is the printed design layer and then a hard, see-through plastic on top. When comparing both vinyl and laminate, the latter tends to win in terms of realism when mimicking real wood or tiles etc.
If looked after well, laminate can last as long as vinyl flooring. Warranties of up to 25 years on certain products isn’t unheard of.
Where to use laminate flooring
Laminate flooring isn’t water-resistant so shouldn’t be used in the bathroom or kitchen. It can, however, be used in the sitting room, hallway or any other area where you want to impress with flooring. It works especially well in the bedroom, thanks to its warmth on feet the minute you pop out the bed, and can also feel softer and prove quieter than real wood or stone if combined with quality underlay. In this sense then it’s great for a playroom and/or nursery.
As a result, it is also best to clean laminate flooring using a dry brush or barely-damp cloth/mop. It is stain-resistant, thanks to its aluminium oxide top layer.
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