Luxury vinyl flooring or laminate: Which should I choose?

Luxury vinyl flooring or laminate: Which should I choose?

Laminate and luxury vinyl flooring mimic hardwood and tile materials and can be installed over any subfloor since glue-down and floating floor brands are available.

Shop at Braid Flooring & Window Fashions in Saskatoon, SK, to find the laminate, luxury vinyl tile, or vinyl plank flooring that fits your decorating style and project details. Read below to learn more about luxury vinyl flooring and laminate floors. 

Water resistance

Choose a top-quality luxury vinyl plank or vinyl tile for the best waterproof protection. These brands are 100 percent waterproof and have a thick transparent wear layer on the surface to protect the wood or tile image layer.

In addition, waterproof laminate plank and tile brands repel water for the time noted in the manufacturer's specifications - usually about one day.


Typically, waterproof LVT and LVP flooring in Saskatoon, SK, has a wood plastic composite (WPC) core that includes wood and plastic fibers or a (lime) stone plastic composite (SPC) core.

Waterproof laminate flooring features a fiberboard core that keeps the floor warm to the touch throughout the seasons. The core layer makes up the bulk of both multiple-layer floor coverings. 

Judging quality

Since the durability of luxury vinyl flooring is determined by the thickness of the wear layer, choosing a brand that features a 20-mil wear layer rather than a 6- or 8-mil wear layer.

In contrast, laminate flooring undergoes testing by a third party to determine an Abrasion Coefficient or AC rating. AC 3 is the industry standard for everyday residential use.

Your area’s top source for flooring

Locally-owned Braid Flooring & Window Fashions installs laminate, LVT, and LVP flooring in Saskatoon, SK, and neighboring communities like Warman, Martensville, Prince Albert, and Davidson. A complimentary consultation and estimate are included with every flooring upgrade. Visit Braid Flooring & Window Fashions today to shop for laminate or luxury vinyl flooring.