Laminate and vinyl flooring: a side-by-side comparison

Composition: HDF vs synthetic PVC

Laminate and vinyl differ in composition, but both offer extreme durability. Laminate is built up out of multiple layers and a HDF body, which is made of compressed fibres of recycled wood. Vinyl is also multilayered, incorporating PVC and fibreglass components. These are 100% free of harmful phthalates.

Appearance: attention to detail

Laminate and vinyl flooring: appearance

Both laminate and vinyl floors offer unmatched levels of realism. Subtle surface textures with fine grain structures provide a natural wood or stone effect.

Our Lillehammer laminate collection takes that realism one step further. With its elegant design, authentic structures and realistic bevels, Lillehammer stands out as one of the most refined laminate floors ever made – nearly indistinguishable from real wood.

Performance: a floor you can rely on

Comfort and sound

Vinyl floors feel soft and warm. Treading on them is a pleasant experience in every way. Their acoustic performance dampens unwanted noise from heels, boots, trainers and paws.

Laminate floors tend to be slightly louder due to their hard surface and light weight. They also might feel a little hollow underfoot. However, while luxury vinyl is already equipped with multiple sound-absorbing layers, you can further optimise the sound-reducing qualities of laminate with our SilentWalk underlay.

Underfloor heating

Both flooring types are compatible with underfloor heating, although vinyl is slightly more efficient. Vinyl floors have the lowest thermal resistance of all Pergo flooring solutions and act as excellent thermal conductors.

Moisture resistance

Water-repellent technology prevents water from damaging your laminate and vinyl floors. All vinyl floors are completely waterproof, and most Pergo laminate floors have an innovative AquaSafe coating in the grooves, so no water can seep through.

Wear and tear

Pergo laminate and vinyl floors top the charts in terms of impact resistance, durability and scratch resistance. Smart technologies such as the patented TitanX and the superior protective top layer give our floors a significantly higher scratch resistance. While the difference is only marginal, our laminate floors have a slight edge on our vinyl floors when it comes to scratches and scuffs.

Installation: click away

Both types of floors are easy to install, thanks to our innovative PerfectFold™ click system, In fact, both Pergo laminate and vinyl are so easy to install, you can do it yourself!

Laminate and vinyl flooring: installation

Maintenance: a clean sweep

Regular vacuuming and mopping with a damp cloth along with cleaning products from the Pergo cleaning kit will suffice, as both laminate and vinyl floors are easy to clean.

Budget & warranty: a floor for life

Let’s talk cost: laminate and vinyl are both economically priced. In the lowest price ranges, laminate offers more choice. What’s more, both Pergo laminate and vinyl offer extremely long warranties: up to 25 years and 20 years respectively.

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