The Difference (and Similarities) Between LVF and Laminate

The differences and similarities between LVF and Laminate
Do you have an upcoming home makeover project, and have yet to choose a residential flooring installation? Well, if durability, affordability, and ease of maintenance are features you’re looking for, then you’ll likely come upon two of our most popular surfacing materials: LVF and laminate.

With so many advantages and style choices, you may be left wondering which residential flooring installation is right for you. As such, and because many homeowners have many unanswered questions, our Young Interiors showroom experts in Myrtle Beach and Longs, SC, have come up with this insightful article.

The similarities between LVF and laminate

At both our Longs and Myrtle Beach flooring showrooms, we like to first explain the similarities between these two flooring installation options.
Simply put, they are both:
  • Cost-effective options when compared to many other hard surface materials, such as stone, ceramic or hardwood.
  • Available in lookalike alternatives, mimicking genuine materials and grain patterns like stone, marble or wood.
  • Relatively simple to replace a section should an area become damaged.
  • Easy to put in by flooring installation services, or even by an experienced DIYer.
  • More often than not, easier to maintain than ceramic, porcelain or wood.
  • Manufactured with ultra hard-wearing superficial coatings.

The differences between LVF and laminate

Before opting for this flooring installation, you may want to consider the following differences. While some features are similar, others contrast vastly.
For instance, they both have:
  • A completely different feel to the touch. While luxury vinyl flooring feels like plastic due to its vinyl structure, laminate feels like wood because of its core material.
  • Differing levels of fire and stain resistance. Depending upon the type of LVF, some planks can be susceptible to stains and have a high susceptibility degree with flames. On the other hand, laminate has a higher level of stain resistance, and can handle some exposure to heat to a certain degree.
  • Different residential flooring installation systems. In general, LVF uses a glue-down system, while laminate uses a floating floor system.
Still not sure which one would suit your renovation? Then, give us a call at Young Interiors, or visit one of our showroom locations to speak to our professionals.