If you're building a new home, or remodeling an older one, you may be considering having new flooring installed. Laminate and vinyl flooring are two durable, budget-friendly products, and both have improved considerably in appearance over the last decade. Modern laminate and luxury vinyl can now both closely resemble wood, stone, and ceramic flooring. Some even offer three-dimensional textures on the surface.
"Homeowners have several things to consider when choosing new flooring," said Steve Meyer, owner of Steve's Flooring & Design in Morris. "It's important to have a beautiful floor that works well with the home's decor and finishes, but water resistance, comfort, and sound are other features to consider as well."
Laminate flooring has a core layer made of rigid fiberboard (a product made from wood byproducts bonded together with melamine resins), with a hard plastic laminate surface featuring a printed design layer. The overall thickness ranges from 6 mm to 12 mm. The finish on laminate flooring is harder and less susceptible to scratching. Moisture-resistant laminate is available for use in rooms that may contain moisture (kitchens, laundry rooms, and entryways), but the experts at Steve's Flooring don't recommend it for bathrooms.
Vinyl flooring is 100% synthetic, typically incorporating a fiberglass layer coated in PVC vinyl and a plasticizer. A surface print layer and one or more wear layers are applied on top, along with a polyurethane layer. Cushioned vinyl (sheet vinyl) contains a closed-foam layer inside. Luxury vinyl flooring features a thicker, multi-layer core, and comes in planks or tiles. The thickness ranges from 1.5 mm to 8 mm.
Water resistance is where vinyl flooring outperforms other options. The materials are 100% waterproof, so it's a great choice for bathrooms and basements, where there is a higher likelihood that water will be present.
At Steve's Flooring & Design, experienced staff will help you choose the best flooring option to meet your needs. For more information, please contact:
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450