What is the Deal with Imitation Wood Flooring?

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There is a variety of flooring that can be installed for your Boynton Beach home remodeling, one of the most popular being imitation wood flooring. If selecting a flooring wasn’t complicated enough though, there are also different types of imitation wood. In this article, Platinum Sand Construction will breakdown two common types of imitation wood flooring, vinyl and laminate, so you can determine which one will work better for your remodeling project.

Solid Hardwood vs Imitation Wood

Solid hardwood flooring tends to be looked upon more favorably than imitation wood flooring, but one isn’t necessarily better than the other because it depends on what you value. Imitation wood is typically less expensive, however, solid hardwood has a longer lifespan. On the other hand, solid hardwood flooring may warp in humid, damp conditions whereas imitation wood has good resistance to warping. It’s important that you determine what matters most to you so there won’t be any buyer’s remorse.

Popular Types of Imitation Wood Flooring

The combination of types, colors, patterns, and sizes of imitation wood flooring are numerous. However, here are two popular types of imitation wood floor we install for our South Florida clients that you should know about when selecting a flooring material.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring (also referred to as ‘resilient flooring’) is a flexible and durable material that doesn’t require maintenance. Vinyl is synthetic but can look just like wood. It’s made of numerous layers, including a cushioned layer of foam backing that makes it soft underfoot.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is made of individual stiff planks that can be snapped together. The laminate planks are installed over a thin underlayment pad which is an essential moisture barrier. The layers are glued to a core of compacted wood fibers. The top ‘pattern layer’ (sometimes referred to as the ‘image layer’) is what makes the laminate look like wood and it’s coated with a plastic resin for protection purposes.

Vinyl and Laminate Flooring Installation

Installation wise, vinyl may seem easier because it’s similar to tile, but precision may become tricky when you need to cut individual pieces to cover the area. Vinyl sheets come in 6-foot and 12-foot widths. Installing them requires skills to ensure a good fit around the corners. So, snapping laminate wood planks together is less challenging to place on the floor which is why laminate may seem like the better option if it’s a DIY project.

Vinyl is a good choice for bathrooms as it’s nearly waterproof. Laminate flooring may be considered best for your living or dining room, however, the options are limited. When it comes to design, vinyl offers various colors and patterns, cut into pleasantly shocking swirls and stripes. As for value, there isn’t much difference between the two. It depends on how many areas you’re trying to cover.

Find the Right Flooring for Your Home Remodeling

There isn’t one “best” flooring type because every renovation project is different. Before selecting a flooring material, make sure to discuss with your home renovation specialist your needs, style preference, and budget. They can help you find the right flooring for your home remodeling to ensure you’re happy with the finished result.

Schedule a flooring consultation with Platinum Sand Construction to get beautiful new floors for your South Florida home!