With such similar traits and uses, it’s hard to choose between laminate flooring or luxury vinyl planks. When you are just doing initial research on flooring, everything about laminate and vinyl starts to sound about the same. They come in styles that often mimic natural materials (wood, stone, etc.) while bringing the price point of synthetic. Both are highly durable and made for active households. These two choices are an affordable alternative to hardwood without the required high maintenance of solid wood flooring. Anything from pets to children and spills can be easily handled when you pick either one of these floors. They are designed to withstand pet claw marks, furniture drags, and whatever life throws at you. That being said, there are a lot of discussions on which one of these really is the best scratch-resistant flooring.
Being a water-resistant, kid-friendly, and all-around durable style, it is hard to differentiate which one would work for your household needs. The most important factor to determine this is the actual materials of the lvp/lvt/ and laminate. While they are both usually made up of 4 layers, the composition of these layers can vary. In vinyl flooring, the layers are plastic. Plastic planks can tear with too much weight being dragged across it and can eventually form dents from heavy furniture. They also are not quite as realistic in the wood-look options. But luxury vinyl planks are more durble and sturdy to movement from above, and have nice high definition visuals. On the other hand, laminate is a wood layered with a photographic plastic on top. This makes it stronger against long-term wear since it is not plastic all the way through. The plastic layer that goes around this middle wood layer mimics the look of real wood instead of a man-made rendering of how it should look. After reviewing these closely-related products, the question still remains. Is laminate more scratch-resistant than LVP? The answer is yes! Both hold up against general wear-and-tear but in the long-term, laminate flooring can be more easily repaired. There are many laminate scratch repair kit options available so instead of replacing whole planks or tiles, you can do spot treatments as needed. This not only saves you money but it also saves you the time and hassle of having to replace the scratched area. Another aspect of laminate that adds to its high scratch resistance is its ability to be reshined with specific products/cleaners. For all your discount laminate flooring needs, buy from Georgia Carpet Industries today! See us in-store and online at georgiacarpet.com.