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Vinyl is by far a better option than Laminate.
The reason of Vinyl flooring advantage over Laminate is because of its durability and design options.
If you are a DIY and willing to handle the preparing and installing steps all by yourself, we would suggest Vinyl Planks as a DIY flooring.
Depending on the area it is applied; for example the most durable bathroom floor is porcelain tiles, it outperforms ceramics and others. When it comes to living room spaces between vinyl and laminate the choice would be vinyl. However, if you are looking for beauty and durability, engineered hardwood is your best choice.
This is dependent on the area of application; if you are looking for wall tiles, ceramic it is and has been the choice for many years. However, when it comes to flooring, the strength of the porcelain is unbeatable. These days porcelain has become very popular for walls as well as for floors; we believe that porcelain is the best choice.
Hardwood flooring is harvested from trees that grow much slower; it ends up being far denser, and more durable than softwood counterparts. This means that they last longer and require less maintenance.
There are two options:
We suggest to our customers to use large tiles because they convey a sense of greater space even in small rooms. Less interruption of the flooring surface with grout lines, conveys a sense of larger space. To increase the visual expanse of a floor, designers suggest that you use grout the same or nearly the same color as the tile.
The short answer is, most likely, YES.
If your tiles are in relatively good condition-evenly placed, without cracks, and not appearing to retain any moisture-then you can probably leave them underneath your new layer of flooring when going about installing a new floor or even a backsplash.
Assess the existing tile!
Before you begin flooring over tile, conduct a thorough assessment of the base layer to pinpoint any surface irregularities, which can cause foundational problems down the road. Mildew and deep discoloration in the grout often signal an absorption issue–meaning that trapped water has damaged the grout and could thus rot the new tile from below. An absorption issue will fester and worsen when the tiles are covered up. Likewise, if the original tiles were not properly installed, the new overlaying flooring won’t lie flat or line up. If you do discover either of these issues, it’s better to start from scratch than to install new flooring over the existing tile.
Underlay or flooring underlayment is a thin layer of material such as fiber, felt, rubber or foam. The thin layer of material helps cushion, sound absorption, insulation and reduce wear with your flooring.
For laminate or engineered wood flooring, it provides a “vapor barrier” to prevent moisture from coming through and damaging your floor. It can also help dampen noise as most of condo associations usually require for sound rating test.
Floor Underlayment Main Purposes:
- Sound Reduction or Dampens Noise
- Moisture Protection – Blocking Harmful Damage To Your Floor
- Compression Resistance
- Smooths Subfloor Imperfections
- Insulating Value
Read more about DIY floors and their required underlayment .
The answer to the question is, “do the floors first!” Here’s why:
Removing and replacing flooring or carpeting is dirty work. If you paint first, and then do floors, there is a good chance that a lot of dirt, dust, sawdust or tile/stone dust will end up on your freshly painted walls and trim.
There is a possibility that the walls or trim may be damaged by the installation of the flooring. Scuffs, dings, and nicks sometimes happen, then the surface has to be touched up by the painters. If there are a lot of touch-ups, then there may be additional costs involved in have the painting contractor make a return trip.
A lot of homeowners think that they should do the floors after the painting because they don’t want the painters to spill on their brand new floors or carpeting. I can certainly understand their concern, but if you hire a professional painting company, you shouldn’t have that concern.
Once the new flooring has been installed, you’ll be able to protect the surface through the use of painter’s tape and drop cloths (masking). These two items are valuable tools that keep mess to a minimum and protect your floors.
Most professionals consider painting to be finish work. As a result, they prefer leaving it until the end of the job. With the right precautions in place, installing flooring before painting poses no risk of damage.
Laminate is the cheapest because of its low manufacturing cost as well as becoming a less desirable product.
Innovations in laminate flooring design and production has resulted in laminate planks and slats being almost identical in appearance and touch to real wood flooring. A drawback of laminate flooring is that it has a much shorter life than hardwood.
However, unless you intend to remain in the home for several years before you relocate, laminate flooring could be a smart, cost-effective alternative. This is a strong material that resists scratches and that is not damaged by small spills. Most importantly, it could boost property value almost as much as hardwood flooring can, and it usually costs a fraction of the price to install. This means that the return on investment may be significant.
However, there is one caveat. In higher-end homes, laminate floors may be viewed as a lesser material. It may be a detriment to your home’s value if your target audience is comprised of high-end buyers who demand the finest materials in their home.
Hardwood flooring is natural wood while laminate uses a photographic layer that is coated with a protective layer. Laminate is also much thinner than hardwood, averaging around 12mm, whereas hardwood tends to be thicker.
PROS – Hardwood flooring has a beautiful, natural texture that creates appeal for many homeowners. You can choose from different types of wood, stains, and finishes that create an abundance of options.
CONS – Hardwood floors can be scratched easily if not properly maintained. Additionally, some types of hardwood floors can be discolored if exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
Porcelain tile is the best choice for bathroom floors especially because of its low water absorption, strength and material composition.
Living & Family Rooms!
Hardwood is the best option for living rooms and family rooms for many reasons.
First, they are easier to clean-a great trait for some of the busiest rooms in the home. Second, these are the rooms where buyers want to see that in-demand material and where it can greatly help your resale value.
Hallways & Stairs!
Hallways and stairs benefit from either option. Hardwood is a good because high-traffic throughways would benefit from a durable, low-maintenance flooring. Carpet, on the other hand, would muffle those high-traffic sounds and make for a safer stairway. If you do have hardwood stairs, you may want to consider a runner to increase safety.
Carpet works better when it comes to basement flooring. It is a good basement insulator. Some fiber materials perform better in basements than others, however, and you must take care to choose the right type for your basement. You or your professional should also be sure to prep the subfloor (concrete) in order to minimize moisture.
Kitchens & Bathrooms!
Carpet does not fare well in bathrooms or kitchens. It traps moisture, dirt and spills and will be difficult to maintain. Hardwood doesn’t do well in bathrooms either because it is so responsive to moisture. You can install hardwood in the kitchen, but it must have a sealant that protects it against the moisture in the space.
Both forms of vinyl flooring are 100% waterproof and most are made of virgin vinyl. These floors are great for busy households with pets or kids. The vinyl material is exactly the same across both sheet and plank vinyl flooring .
Unfortunately, this is where the similarities end.
Despite being the same material, there are some fundamental differences between sheet vinyl and plank vinyl flooring.
Sheet vinyl comes on a large roll, similar to linoleum flooring. It is installed in one big sheet that covers your space, with no visible seams.
Plank vinyl flooring comes in a plank style similarly to laminate flooring, and is installed plank by plank to create a natural wood look. Vinyl plank flooring also has a sturdy fiberglass backing to it, unlike vinyl sheet flooring, which needs to be rolled out therefor making any rigidity impossible.
Is One Better than the Other?
In the end, both materials are the same, however, vinyl plank flooring is definitely better when it comes to ease of installation. Installing vinyl plank flooring is very DIY friendly.
Sheet vinyl flooring has the tendency of curling up over time and since there is no distinction between planks, it will be very obvious that the flooring is not real wood or stone material.
However vinyl plank flooring is the perfect choice for anyone wanting the look and feel of natural flooring, but needs water resistance and better durability.