Flooring tips for the new homeowner: Vinyl or laminate floorings?

As you are about to receive the key to your new flat, you might feel a sense of nervousness and excitement. As a homeowner, you are in charge of the renovation works which can be overwhelming for a newbie homeowner. The floor  is the largest surface area in any home, thus it is critical to choose the right flooring to meet your lifestyle demand. In the market, the prevalent choices for laminate flooring and vinyl (resilient) flooring tend to create an intense dilemma for decision maker. So, Vinyl or Laminate?

  1. Versatility of designs and patterns

When it comes to interior design, you will need flooring that has diverse design and colour patterns. Both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring fit this criteria. The layer of decorative paper film within the two types of flooring provides a realistic wood grain look. This means that there is almost infinite possibility of design patterns.

  1. Fast and Swift installation

The last thing you should bother about during your renovation journey is the ease of installation. If the nature of work is complex, you are likely to fork out a larger sum of investment for renovation work. Fortunately, both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring comes with an easy installations system. This means that it can be installed directly onto your existing floor. Of course, if you have a bare floor, it is important to ensure that the floor is screened to level to prevent any “bump” within your floor.

  1. Firm foot feel

Compared to laminate flooring, vinyl flooring tend to have a higher density. This means that there is less hollow feel when you step onto a vinyl floor. However, when you take a walk on laminate flooring, the 'drum' sound can be heard especially if you are wearing high heels.

  1. Waterproof flooring

To meet dynamic lifestyle needs, having a waterproof floor is an essential in your home. Laminate flooring is a water-resistant floor but upon prolong contact with water, its floor structure tends to absorb water and can cause bubbles or floor warping to happen.

On the flip side, vinyl floor is waterproof and does not face similar problems. Given this unique property, you can have wooden looking vinyl flooring in your kitchen, which was unimaginable in the past with laminate flooring. What’s more, maintenance is easy given that you will just need a mop to clean the floor.

With the given tips above to guide you towards choosing right flooring, vinyl flooring is an ideal choice for family with active lifestyle and less free time for a home maintenance regime.

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