Choosing Between Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

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Which is better?

If you’re looking for a cost-effective, durable, and visually appealing option for new flooring in your Myrtle Beach home or business, laminate and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) are top contenders that won’t break the bank. While both are economically friendly and have a similar price point, there are key differences you should consider before choosing one over the other.

Differences between laminate and luxury vinyl plank flooring

Material & Appearance

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl planks are completely synthetic, consisting of multiple layers of PVC, resins, and plasticizers. A surface layer print is embossed on the tiles and then layered with protective materials to ensure it will hold up to normal wear and tear. Luxury vinyl planks have an advantage over traditional thin vinyl sheets since they look more like real wood.



Laminate flooring is slightly different from vinyl in that the core is constructed of wood byproducts rather than synthetic substances. Similarly, the design layer is topped with a clear, tough plastic layer for durability. Laminate allows for realistic, three-dimensional deep embossing which realistically portrays the look of wood.

Resistance to water

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Since luxury vinyl is made of polymer materials, it very water-resistant and perfect for areas in your home like bathrooms and laundry rooms.



Because the fiberboard core in laminate flooring is a wood product, it will swell if it comes into contact with water. Unfortunately, laminate will warp and fail to return to its original shape, making it a less desirable choice for areas like bathrooms. Occasional spills are fine as long as the water does not sit for long periods of time.



Luxury Vinyl Plank

The “wear” layer coating high-quality vinyl is built to withstand stains, water, scuffs, dents, and traffic. Depending on whether it is used in residential or commercial applications, this layer can be anywhere from 5mm up to 30mm thick! While no flooring is perfect and may eventually need to be replaced after a long period of time, LVP holds up very well to heavy use.



Much like LVP, laminate flooring has a durable wear layer protecting it from stains, scratches, and normal use. There are different grades of laminate that are rated based on residential or commercial purposes. If delamination occurs over time, the damaged parts of the flooring generally can’t be fixed and need to be replaced.

Cleaning and maintenance

Luxury Vinyl Plank

One standout feature of LVP is that it is easy to clean and maintain. Daily sweeping and dry mopping can help protect your vinyl from fine scratches that dull the surface over time. A dry or damp microfiber mop can be used weekly to remove more buildup and debris.


Excess water should be avoided to protect your flooring. Special hard surface floor cleaners are available when a deeper clean is needed.



Cleaning methods like dry mopping are best with laminate flooring since water can contribute to delamination. Abrasive cleaning tools should also be avoided because laminate is prone to scratches. When you feel mopping is absolutely necessary, a damp microfiber pad can be used for a deeper clean.

Which flooring is better for your Myrtle Beach SC home?

The short answer is, it depends! Based on your lifestyle and factors like pets, kids, and level of foot traffic, laminate and luxury vinyl plank flooring are both cost-effective options for a beautiful new look. At Alpha Floors, our experts are ready to help you determine the best choice for your home or business. Call us today to find out more.

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