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What’s the difference between LVP and Laminate?

Both are similar in style, affordability, durability, and ease of installation. When you go into a flooring store, chances are you’ll have a lot of questions, whether it’s about laminate or something else.

While there is one difference that may affect your decision to use LVP or laminate, there are also some very slight differences between the two.

Here’s the bottom-line: An advantage of either is almost always followed by a "but": so your selection will most likely be personal.

Richmond Interiors has been in business and serving the area for over 35 years!

Flooring is most likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your home so we want you to make the right choice from the start.

We’re both an LVP flooring retailer and a laminate retailer.

Visit our showroom in Richmond, MI and speak to one of our experts about these two products. We also service the surrounding areas of Macomb and St. Clair County.

The biggest distinction

It comes down to how well each product handles moisture.

If you’re planning to install in a full or half-bath, mudroom or leaky kitchen, vinyl will be a wonderful choice since it’s waterproof.


Vinyl is 100% synthetic.

Laminate is made from wood byproducts, which gives it a slight advantage, but it still uses resins and other chemicals that may off-gas.

Some vinyl manufacturers, however, now offer a material that has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit for low VOC-emitting materials.

Other differences can include

  • Cleaning: Sweeping or dry mopping is best for one, while LVP can be wet-mopped and scrubbed.
  • Appearance: Some say luxury vinyl, especially LVP has the deeper embossing which gives it a more realistic look and feel of wood. Still, others say wood gives laminate a more natural look. You decide!
  • Durability: Vinyl is so tough it’s used in commercial applications but, like it’s counterpart, LVP can also delaminate if it’s of a lesser quality.