The Difference Between Hardwood, Laminate and Vinyl Flooring

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There are a lot of flooring options to choose from if you’re renovating your home, especially if you’re looking for that cozy wood look. In order to help you decide what works best for you, here are some of the major differences between the style and practicality of hardwood, laminate and vinyl.


Hardwood is one of the most beautiful flooring options available because of its entirely natural design. It can bring warmth and style to any room that isn’t susceptible to a lot of moisture. You can get hardwood in either sold or engineered forms that are pre-finished or unfinished. Many have the option to be ordered as floating, nail-down or glue-down, such as the Monarch Plank Windsor collection. Hardwood can be pricey and requires a lot of maintenance, but the natural look may be worth it.


Laminate is much cheaper than hardwood and can closely mimic almost any hardwood species. It’s made of a wood fiberboard and resin photo layer, which makes it unable to be refinished but very tough and resistant to damage aside from that caused by sitting water. Laminate often comes with a click-together installation, although it can be glued down. If you want the wide variety of wood designs to choose from without the price of hardwood, laminate or vinyl are good choices.


Vinyl is the most versatile flooring option of the three. It comes in a wide variety of styles that look similar to real hardwood; can be ordered as planks, sheets or tiles; and ranges in price from cheap budget flooring to pricey high-end styles. They’re comprised of plastic, making them the most durable because they work both in high-traffic areas like mudrooms and rooms prone to water damage like bathrooms.

Whether your priority is durability, price or style, you should be able to find the perfect flooring to suit your home’s interior. If you have questions about a product, you can always contact the flooring company for more information.