Laminate or vinyl: a side-by-side comparison

Vinyl vs. laminate: how do I choose?

Having trouble choosing between warm and comfortable wood-a-likes laminate and vinyl flooring? We help you bite the bullet by comparing the two in detail.

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 Signature laminate collection takes that realism one step further. With its elegant design, authentic structures and realistic bevels, Signature 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 Quick-Step flooring solutions and act as excellent thermal conductors.

Moisture resistance

Water-repellent technology, combined with the patented Uniclic (Multifit) click system prevents water from damaging your laminate and vinyl floors. All vinyl floors are completely waterproof, and most Quick-Step laminate floors have an innovative HydroSeal coating in the grooves, so no water can seep through.

Wear and tear

Quick-Step laminate and vinyl floors top the charts in terms of impact resistance, durability and scratch resistance. Smart technologies such as the patented Scratch Guard 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 Uniclic (Multifit) click system, In fact, both Quick-Step Laminate and Vinyl are so easy to install, you can do it yourself!

Of course, if you prefer the help of a professional, we’re happy to help you find the nearest certified Quick-Step installer.

Laminate and vinyl flooring: installation



Maintenance: a clean sweep

Laminate and vinyl flooring: maintenance

Regular vacuuming and mopping with a damp cloth along with cleaning products from the Quick-Step 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 Quick-Step laminate and vinyl offer extremely long warranties: up to 25 years and 20 years respectively.

Help me choose

Still having trouble choosing between Laminate and Vinyl? Check out our FloorExplorer. After you answer 4 easy questions, our tool will guide you towards your ideal flooring type and select your ideal floors within our range.

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