Office space is hugely important to many different businesses across Scotland. It is where you can bring your team together and produce stellar results for your clients. But what about the style of your office? Or the wear and tear of everyday use?

Choosing a floor that can keep up with the demands of modern office space is no easy feat. There are so many different aspects to consider, such as durability, how economical it is, how easy it is to install, and the style, among other things.

Today we’ll dive into the pros and cons of the two most common types of flooring for office spaces; laminate and vinyl. We’ll explore the pros and cons of both types to allow you to make an informed decision about your new flooring.


What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic material consisting of four layers. It can be very easy to assume that laminate is a natural type of flooring because of the way it can look – particularly laminate designed to give a wooden look.

The four layers that makeup laminate flooring are the backer, core, décor, and wear. These four layers are bonded together through the process of lamination – hence the name. The décor layer is what gives laminate flooring its look and can make laminate look like other materials such as oak, ash, or mahogany.

Laminate flooring consists mostly of high-density fibreboard. This fibreboard is made from wood and is water-resistant but not entirely waterproof. In this respect, laminate flooring tends not to be the best option in environments with a lot of moisture. This is reinforced by the fact that laminate flooring’s core tends to be wooden by-products that can be impacted by rot.


What Is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring, like laminate flooring, is made using four layers of different materials depending on the brand of vinyl. However, the base or backing layer is where the main difference between vinyl and laminate can be found.

The backing layer is usually formed from cork or foam. This cork or foam layer can act as an underlayment, meaning, unlike laminate flooring, you won’t need to install an additional material as underlayment for the laying process.

Vinyl flooring is produced using no natural materials. Everything that vinyl consists of is polymers. This has the advantage of making vinyl entirely waterproof and ideal for environments with a lot of moisture present. The plastic core of vinyl flooring reinforces the waterproof feature for this kind of flooring.


Cost Of Laminate Flooring Vs Vinyl Flooring

For most high-quality vinyl brands, they will come in as more expensive than their laminate counterparts. This is primarily the case due to the waterproof nature of vinyl over laminate flooring, but thinner sheet vinyl will cost less than high-quality laminate at the cost of lifespan.

The true cost of vinyl flooring or laminate flooring will depend on the brand you select, the thickness of the product, and the overall costs involved with the installation.

You can see our own excellent range of vinyl flooring and laminate flooring to consider what might be best for your office space.


Maintenance Of Vinyl And Laminate Flooring

A big deciding factor for a lot of people when choosing what kind of flooring to go for is how easy each type of flooring is to maintain. This is especially true for businesses that own their own property.

When maintaining vinyl flooring, you can use dry methods such as cloths, vacuums, or brushes, but you can also use wet mopping.

For laminate flooring, you’ll want to avoid using wet mops altogether. This can be a bit of a differentiating factor worth knowing about.

When it comes to how long these different types of flooring will last, if appropriately maintained:

  • High-quality, thick vinyl flooring will have a lifespan that can last up to 25 years. 
  • Thin vinyl flooring can have a lifespan of up to 10 years.
  • Laminate flooring will usually last around 15-25 years.

However, laminate flooring that has not been maintained effectively may only last as little as 5 to 10 years. 


A Final Comparison

Overall, the question of what is better is arbitrary as laminate excels in certain areas that vinyl does not and vice versa.

Vinyl is more costly, waterproof, has fewer stylistic options, and can be maintained in various ways.

Laminate is less costly, water-resistant but not waterproof, has far more options for aesthetic considerations, and can be harder to maintain overall.

As a last note of advice, some brands of vinyl can be easier to install and use fewer tools, whereas if you are installing your own laminate, it often uses more tools and can be more difficult.

What you choose will depend on what you’ll need for your own circumstances. If you need assistance, you can always reach out to our experts, and we’ll help advise you on what would be best.