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Bathroom Flooring - LVT vs. Laminate

September 5th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour


Bathroom Flooring

Laminate Vs. LVT

The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, but needs a lot of consideration when choosing flooring.
This small space has to stand up to high amounts of traffic, whilst being not only waterproof but slip resistant too. A bathroom floor also needs to be easy to clean.

The Options

Laminate

Laminate flooring has come forward leaps and bounds in recent years. The inter-locking planks now often come with a water resistance guarantee and are an affordable option to create a natural wood effect flooring without the issues associated with real wood and water tolerance. 

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)

Traditionally, LVT doesn't lock together the same way laminate does. However, it is glued down and it 100% waterproof. LVT (we like to use Amtico at WB Jamieson) comes in a huge range of shapes, sizes, laying patterns and finishes. There are options that give the look of woods, stones and marbles and designs with unusual textures. This makes LVT an incredibly versatile and excellent choice. It also provides all of the requirements of a bathroom; highly durable, waterproof, slip resistant and easy to clean. It is also significantly warmer under-foot that say a ceramic or natural stone tile. Furthermore, Amtico can be laid over underfloor heating systems to provide a cosy surface to walk on.

So which is best?

At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. Laminate is available on a tighter budget but the waterproof ranges will cost more, the choice of finishes will be somewhat lacking in comparison to LVT which doesn't just imitate wooden planks but many other materials and textures as well, Slate, concrete and marble are just some of the finishes available. LVT is far more hard-wearing and durable and Amtico's options come with a long warranty as a result of this.

Whichever you opt for, you can rest assured that WB Jamieson will advise you along the way to provide you with a solution that will work for you, your family and your budget.

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