What Are the Differences Between Laminate, Linoleum, And Vinyl Flooring?

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Over the last decade or two, hardwood flooring alternatives like laminate, linoleum, and vinyl have become increasingly popular. However, many homeowners are still confused about the difference between these materials since they tend to look and feel similar. Everyone wants a cost-effective option that still adds a touch of warmth and timeless beauty to their home for decades to come. It’s no wonder that it’s hard to decide which alternative is the right one for you. Fortunately, our experts at Floor Coverings International® have put together this guide to explain more about these flooring types:

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Different Types of Laminate Flooring


  • Laminate is made primarily of high-density fiberboard, covered in a photographic image and a transparent protective wear layer.
  • Laminate flooring is specifically intended to mimic hardwood, so it is available in a wide range of wood-like patterns and colors.
  • An alternative to hardwood is beneficial because it’s easy to maintain and can work in almost any space.
  • Laminate is quite affordable and provides a cheaper alternative to traditional hardwood.

Luxury Vinyl

  • Luxury vinyl flooring is made primarily of vinyl, though it may also contain fiberglass, felt, and dyes. Like laminate, it is covered in a high-resolution image with a protective top layer.
  • Vinyl planks are available in as many wood look-alike styles as laminate. However, vinyl flooring is available in sheet and tile form, offering even more options.
  • Vinyl is quite durable and water-resistant. It also has a built-in underlayment that can help to absorb sound and add comfort.
  • Whether plank, tile, or sheet, luxury vinyl flooring is usually very affordable.


  • Linoleum is made entirely of natural, eco-friendly materials. It usually consists of a mix of linseed oil, tree resin, limestone, and wood dust.
  • Linoleum is available in many styles that mimic tile, hardwood, and other colorful patterns and designs.
  • Linoleum floors are resistant to wear and tear with the right upkeep. Applying sealant to it periodically makes it even more resistant to water.
  • Linoleum flooring tends to feel more cushioned and comfortable than rigid options like laminate and hardwood.

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If you still have questions and want to see product samples, then call Floor Coverings International® today! We provide free in-home consultations and project estimates for homeowners. Laminate flooring is a popular and economical choice that looks great and will be easy to maintain over the years. However, as you’ve learned, luxury vinyl and linoleum also have their advantages. It’s ultimately up to you which one is most suitable for the rooms in your home. Doing a little research before you decide on the type of flooring you want to have installed can give you peace of mind that you’ve made the best choice for your unique needs and preferences.

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