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The 5 Most Common Flooring Types Compared
When it comes to choosing flooring for your home, there are plenty of options to choose from – carpets, laminate, vinyl, stone plastic composite (SPC), and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). But which one is the best option in terms of price and durability? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at each of these flooring options, comparing them in terms of price and durability, so you can make an informed decision about which flooring is right for you.
Durability is on the tick list for everyone looking for new flooring. As brand new flooring is an investment (even when you spread the cost from £10 per week with Easipay Flooring!), you want to know that the investment will last. Durability will be of higher importance to those homes with young families and pets, but everyone wants to know that their flooring will still be a financially sound investment 5-10 years down the line, and hopefully longer!
When taken care of, all flooring should stand the test of time for at least a decade. However, there are options where the materials are out of the box, much more durable than the competition. Carpet is the most common flooring in UK homes, so we’re going to start there.
Let’s start with the classic option – carpets. Carpets are known for their comfort and warmth, making them a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms. But how do they stack up in terms of price and durability?
In terms of price, carpets can vary greatly. You can find affordable options, but high-end carpets can be quite expensive. In terms of durability, carpets can be prone to wear and tear, especially in high-traffic areas. Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning can help prolong the life of your carpet, but eventually, you’ll need to replace it. All things considered and risk of spills and accidentally catching the carpet while you’re moving your furniture around aside, if you look after your carpets you’ll still be vacuuming them 10 years from now. There’s more durable options though!
Next up is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is known for its durability and resistance to scratches, dents, and stains. It’s also relatively budget-friendly, making it a popular choice for those on a tight budget. In terms of price, laminate flooring is generally cheaper than hardwood or tile, but more expensive than vinyl. And in terms of durability, laminate flooring is a great option as it can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
Laminate flooring is comprised of solid layers of wood with an impressive top coat that resists everything from scratches, to stains and the average water spill. Common in kitchens, it’s safe from most dropped objects and small impacts. From first hand experience, the only thing I’ve found that damages laminate is either a leaking pipe under the sink swelling the boards overnight, or I once dropped a sofa while moving house, which shattered the laminate boards. As long as you’re not throwing furniture at your flooring, you’ll be okay.
Vinyl flooring is another popular option. It’s budget-friendly, easy to install, and easy to maintain. It’s also water-resistant, making it a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. In terms of price, vinyl flooring is generally cheaper than laminate or hardwood, and in terms of durability, it can last for many years with proper care and maintenance in the same way carpet will, however when compared to the competition further in this list, it’s quite thin.
Dropping a pan from the top cupboard is enough to damage it if the pan hits on it’s edge. Dropped sharp knives will put a hole in it too. Vinyl is typically installed in bathrooms though, because of its superior waterproof features over laminate. Pans and knives are rarely found in a bathroom though so it’s thickness and resistance to dropped sharp objects is very rarely an issue.
SPC flooring is a new and innovative flooring option, made from a mixture of natural stone powder and PVC powder. It’s 100% waterproof and highly resistant to scratches, dents, and stains. It’s also relatively budget-friendly, making it a great option for those on a tight budget. In terms of price, SPC flooring is generally more expensive than vinyl flooring but less expensive than natural stone or ceramic tile. And in terms of durability, SPC flooring is a great option as it can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
Because of the stone powder that creates SPC, it’s very resistant to impacts and the PVC powder gives it a slight flex which can spread the pressure from an impact to a larger area. With everyday use, SPC flooring will remain in good shape for many years.
Lastly, there’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring. It’s a type of vinyl flooring that mimics the look of natural stone or hardwood, but it’s more durable and water-resistant. In terms of price, LVT flooring is generally more expensive than regular vinyl flooring but less expensive than natural stone or hardwood. And in terms of durability, LVT flooring is a great option because of how it’s constructed.
With a foamy base layer to protect the flooring from the surface underneath, with a thicker mid layer than traditional vinyl and then a very resistant protective layer. The surface layer offers the same protection as laminate flooring, but due to the flexibility of Luxury Vinyl Tile, and the higher waterproof factor, LVT actually comes out ahead of laminate in durability.
All flooring is made for a purpose, which typically involves foot traffic. Each flooring type has benefits and negatives, but for the purpose of this blog post we’re talking purely on flooring durability.
As such, we’d rate Carpets 5th out of these options because it’s prone to damage with drink and food spills as well as the damage that comes from friction, or dragging furniture around.
Vinyl comes in 4th place as it’s smooth surface means friction issues are less of an issue and offers protection from spills and stains but it won’t hold up well against regular abuse.
Laminate is our 3rd spot – highly durable compared to both carpets and regular vinyl, scratch resistant, water resistant, stain resistant and it’s hard composition with its protective layer make it even more resistant to life’s accidents.
In second place we have Luxury Vinyl Tile, or LVT. This comes out ahead of laminate thanks to a forgiving spongy composition that lets it flex and absorb impacts where laminate would take the impact badly. It’s also waterproof, stain resistant and just as scratch resistant as laminate.
In first place however, we’ve got SPC, or Stone Plastic Composite. Due to the recipe that makes up SPC, the stone and plastic composition, this makes SPC flooring incredibly durable. The one downside to SPC is that it needs a flat surface.
Personally, we’d opt for SPC where possible, but if the floor underneath is uneven or has some imperfections, we’d opt for LVT instead for its high resistant but foamy base layer to help mask the floor’s imperfections underneath.
The great news though, is that all of these flooring types can be yours, in any room, for as little as £10 per week. Easipay Flooring lets you spread the cost of brand new flooring over time, with no interest and no credit checks. Sound good? Fill out the form below to get started on your flooring journey or you can read more about our pay weekly flooring plans here.