The Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring Vs. Vinyl Flooring

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Laminate floors are one of the most popular choices of flooring for many people. This type of flooring offers easy installation and low maintenance. Vinyl flooring is another popular choice of floor covering for consumers. This type of flooring is relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain as well. Contrasting these two types of flooring may seem trivial, but there are some disadvantages to using laminate floors when compared to vinyl flooring.

Elements

  • Laminate floors do not hold up well to constant heat, water and exposure. The materials that compose laminate floors haven't been designed to withstand the elements.

Slips

  • A thin coat of plastic-like substance covers the top part of laminate flooring. When water or moisture is present on this type of floor, it reduces friction and the ability of objects to grip the floor properly, and as a result slips occur frequently.

Objects

  • Heavy or sharp objects don't go well with laminate floors. Heavy objects will damage laminate floors if they're frequently moved across the area. Sharp objects such as high heels will leave impressions in the flooring if they're constantly worn on laminate floors. Laminate flooring is relatively easy to damage by heavy pressures, scratches and dents.

Peaks

  • Laminate flooring has a tendency not to stay connected in corners of a room. This problem is called peaking. Peaking is difficult to correct without professional assistance.

Consumer Choice

  • Laminate floors have many other types of disadvantages when compared to vinyl. You have to decide which would be better between these two types of flooring based on your needs and preferences.

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