Waterproof Laminate and Vinyl are two options at hand when looking for a budget-friendly, water-resistant, and easy-maintain flooring choice. Although both types have much in common, they differ slightly. These differences should be taken into account when deciding to install either in your home. The below guide will help you choose vinyl or laminate. Based in Irvine and Mission Viejo, Orange County, CA, Flooring America is honored to provide you the best waterproof flooring.

Read here to find more details about how to install vinyl planks.


Waterproof Vinyl Flooring Pros

  • Waterproof

Vinyl flooring is highly resistant to moisture because it is 100% plastic. The surface would not get damaged when the water droplets sit on vinyl floors. It can stand even for extended periods. Waterproof vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for areas prone to moisture, such as kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.

WPC vinyl and SPC vinyl are two types of waterproof vinyl flooring featured by:

1. WPC vinyl consists of wood flour, thermoplastic, and calcium carbonate, completely waterproof and can be used in highly humid areas.

2. SPC vinyl is a stone plastic composite and known as a rigid core, made of polyvinyl chloride, natural limestone powder, and stabilizer.

Read more about the difference between waterproof vs. water-resistant flooring.

  •  Easy, DIY Installation.

Most vinyl planks and tiles offer an easy interlocking or floating installation. By a floating floor method, you can install SPC vinyl on concrete, hardwood, etc. It is a good option for homeowners to install. So, no need to pay for a professional installer.

  • Natural wood-and-stone looking

You can find wood-stone-tile- like flooring in curated collections. Typically people take the wood look of vinyl plank for laminate. Generally, vinyl requires lower maintenance than laminate.

  • Maintenance

You should not use any wax on vinyl and not use any wax polish on vinyl flooring to restore shine.

  • Cleaning

You can clean the vinyl flooring with steam mops or wet mops. You should not use any abrasive cleaners.

  • Size

Typically, you can find vinyl flooring 4 inches to 8 inches wide. You can find them in 48 inches. You can cut to the desired size by using a utility knife,

  • Color

Waterproof Vinyl Flooring is available in various colors, including black, light, and dark wood finish, gray, and white.

  • Resale

The high-quality waterproof vinyl flooring can help to raise your property value.


Waterproof Vinyl Flooring Cons

  • Lifecycle

Compared to laminate; Vinyl flooring has a longer lifespan and better overall durability.

  • Price

Generally, waterproof vinyl flooring is more expensive than laminate flooring, especially if you buy Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF).

  • Quality

If you choose a low-quality plank, you will see that it is scratched and dent easily. It is vital to select a vinyl plank that stands up to high traffic. It should be pet-friendly. So, it should have a thick wear layer to have a high-quality vinyl plank.

  • Fading

Vinyl flooring is more prone to fading

  • Sounds

Vinyl flooring is known for being quiet underfoot.

Watch this video to learn how to install vinyl flooring.


Waterproof Laminate Flooring Pros

  • Waterproof

The game of wood flooring is entirely changed by waterproof laminate flooring. Besides, some floor systems are designed in such a way that will not allow the liquid to leak through the interlocks. So mold and mildew cannot grow beneath your flooring.

Laminate flooring has four layers: Backing layer, Base layer, Print layer, Wear layer.

The base layer is made up of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or HDF (High-Density Fiberboard) core.  The HDF core is moisture-resistant because it features resins. This makes it less susceptible to swell in water.

  • Lifecycle

It has good durability for high-traffic areas.

  •  Scratch Resistance

A strong wear layer protects waterproof flooring from scratches, dents, wear, and staining. Laminate is pet-friendly flooring.

  • Realistic wood and stone look

Laminate typically features better imagery or embossing that gives the floors a more realistic look.  In laminate-specific visible areas such as living rooms and dining rooms, homeowners usually choose laminate over vinyl. You’ll see consistent quality across all laminate flooring boards, unlike natural hardwood. It is available in a variety of wood styles like oak, mahogany, and cherry. You can also find laminate in travertine, ceramic, and stone styles.

  • Special feature

You can install laminate over radiant heating systems. This feature is not available in many hardwood flooring options.

  • Installation

Laminate is known as a floating floor. It is designed to work by an interlocking system.

  • Cleaning

You can clean it with specific products for laminate or a steam mop. It would be best if you never used wet mops. If there are difficult stains on your laminate floor, you can use Acetone to remove them.

  • Maintenance

To restore shine, you can use laminate specific products. Some products help you to repair scratches and chips.

  • Fading

Laminate flooring is less prone to fading.

  •  Size

The width of laminate flooring is from 4 inches to 16 inches. They are available at 36 to 48 inches. You can cut it to your desired size with a handsaw or circular saw.

  • Colors

Waterproof laminate flooring is available in many colors. White, grey, light, and Dark Wood Finish, and black are standard colors.

  • Price

Laminate is more affordable than vinyl flooring.

  • Comfortability

Installing underlayment during laminate installation makes the floor more comfortable underfoot.

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Waterproof Laminate Flooring Cons

  • Water resistance

Although laminate is highly resistant to water, it cannot stand against flood. You will still need a vapor barrier if your subfloor can not stand moisture; in that case, a vapor barrier is necessary.

  • Sound

If the laminate floor is not installed correctly, it can create a hollow, empty sound. You should follow the installation instructions while installing DIY. OR you can have it installed. Besides, to have a quitter laminate floor, you will require a good underlayment.

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Not a good choice for bathrooms or basements


It is not recommended to use laminate flooring in bathrooms or basements because these areas are prone to water leakage and flooding.

There is a solution to make your laminate floors more waterproof. You can install it on an underlayment and vapor barrier. It is possible to use the glue-down installation method.

Based in Irvine, Orange County, Flooring America is honored to provide you various waterproof floorings.  If you have any further questions please visit our showroom at 3 Oldfield, Irvine, CA 92618, or contact us at +1 (949) 427 2336




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