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In this issue we thought to compare two of the most popular of the wood look flooring options, vinyl plank and laminate. A natural hardwood floor is a beautiful statement in any home. Many people in search of flooring want to achieve the rich look of wood floors with added durability. While staying within a budget. From this desire, vinyl plank and laminate have evolved and have become two of the hottest trends in flooring.
Vinyl plank is the newest product that represents the look of wood and is available in a wide variety of colours and textures. As technology continually improves, we are seeing realistic graphics with embossing true to the natural grain of wood. Vinyl plank is also very durable and it’s waterproof. These have been major factors in its increasing popularity. A wood look is now suitable in all areas of your home or commercial space. As this product is completely impervious to moisture, neither humidity nor wetness are of concern. There are also different installation options available as vinyl plank can be found in different thicknesses and various platforms. Our most preferred method of installation is often referred to as glue down. This is where the plank is glued directly to the subfloor, making it the most stable of all plank installation applications.
Laminate is our other very popular wood look floor. Laminate has been available since the early 90’s and like anything, time has offered the opportunity to make various improvements to the product. Laminates today have exceptionally durable surface layers. Next to porcelain or ceramic tile it is the most scratch resistant flooring option. Laminate is still affected by humidity and moisture making it less stable than the previously mentioned glued vinyl plank. Laminate is installed as a floating floor with each plank locked into the next and at no point can the floor be fixed to the subfloor. Because it is a floating floor, a quality laminate pad is also a very important consideration to alleviate noise concerns.
As with any flooring option the subfloor is the foundation and support for the desired esthetically pleasing choice. It is essential that the proper subfloor be placed or prepared. We invite you to come see one of our flooring specialists to have a conversation about these options and to ultimately choose the flooring most suited to your lifestyle and needs.