Did you know that there are different types of floor coverings that imitate wood? Do you know the differences between these types of synthetic parquet?
Synthetic parquet is often referred to as opposed to solid wood, leaving a concept that encompasses several types of flooring. Among these, two stand out: laminate or parquet floors and vinyl.
Both types of synthetic parquet have been gaining ground over traditional solid wood for years. This is due to multiple factors, although the main ones are: it is a quality product at a much more competitive price, a wide variety of designs besides wood and much simpler maintenance.
What is synthetic parquet made of?
Laminates are a type of parquet made up of several overlapping and pressed parquet. The thicker inner layer is a high density fiber board formed by wood fiber and resins. In this we find melamine paper with the printed design in question. Then, another outer layer of plastic called “wear”. And finally, a thin film at the bottom of each piece that acts as a moisture barrier.
There are different types and formats of vinyl flooring. What people popularly call synthetic parquet is one that is sold in slats with a click system, very similar to laminate, and also with floating installation. In that case, it may even be difficult to distinguish a laminate from a vinyl, unless we are a professional used to working with these products.
Vinyl They are also composed of several layers, although in this case there are many more possibilities for materials highlighting PVC and urethane-based compounds.
What advantages and disadvantages do they have?
The main argument that wood lovers use is that its natural touch and warmth is superior to any imitation. I keep thinking the same thing, but I must admit that with each passing day the manufacturers of synthetic parquet make everything more complicated for me.
In addition to this personal assessment, the advantages of solid wood parquet in relation to synthetics, they are the possibility of making repairs and a longer service life as long as good maintenance is carried out.
- Much cheaper prices.
- Easier maintenance, as it is not necessary to cut them every several years.
- Installation is much simpler, and can even be performed by people who are not professionals. This also implies additional labor savings.
- Greater surface resistance. The wear layer has greater abrasion resistance than solid wood.
And between laminate and vinyl, which is the best parquet?
This is undoubtedly the question that most people ask today. On the one hand, we have that the laminated synthetic parquet is a much more common and standardized product. Therefore, it can be found in more formats, with a greater variety of designs and at slightly lower prices.
On the other hand, the great advantage of Synthetic vinyl parquet has 100% moisture resistance, something that neither laminate nor solid wood can offer. This makes it the standout option for bathrooms and kitchens. For the rest of the rooms it will be more a matter of taste.