Hybrid Flooring VS Vinyl Plank Flooring – Which Is Better For Your Home?

Two of the most popular flooring options for renovators and home builders alike are Hybrid flooring and Vinyl Plank. With both types of floors offering stunning looks and the benefit of being waterproof, it can often be hard to work out which is best for your home. Especially when both Hybrid and Vinyl Plank are incredibly easy to care for and maintain while also being fairly comparable in terms of price point. Because of this, there is no hard and fast rule for which is better in general – it all comes down to your individual wants and needs. That’s why today we’re going to dig deeper into both the similarities and differences of these two wonderful flooring options to help you work out whether Hybrid or Vinyl Plank flooring is better for your home. 

Durability 

When it comes to durability, both Hybrid flooring and luxury Vinyl Plank floorboards are great options for your home. As noted above, both flooring styles are waterproof but they also provide many other perks when it comes to standing up to the daily life of your household. 

With both hybrid floors and vinyl plank flooring able to boast excellent slip resistance, protection against wear and tear and the ability to withstand high traffic, it really is hard to differentiate between the two. 

Hybrid may provide a slight level of additional resistance to dents, stains and fading, however, as both offer these benefits, the difference is not particularly noticeable. 

The good news is that this means you can safely select either option for any room of your home and base your decision on the below factors without worrying about damage.  

Design 

When it comes to design aesthetic, both Hybrid floors and Vinyl Plank flooring provide a realistic hardwood look.  

Our Hybrid flooring is crafted using superior imaging technology and features textures and edging that are designed to be true to the natural hardwood that each floorboard effortlessly mimics. 

Vinyl Plank floors from Imagine Floors by Airstep also provide stunning true-to-life detail and with over thirty decors to choose from, you’re sure to be able to find a design that suits your lifestyle. Details within our Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring are embossed allowing for a more natural look and feel within your home.  

Comfort 

If softness and warmth are the main factors that you’re looking for in terms of comfort with your flooring, you can’t go past luxury Vinyl Plank. Crafted to be kinder under foot while also offering superior sound absorption, Vinyl Plank flooring is perfect for those who want a more peaceful home.  

Hybrid floors still feel quite nice under foot, however, they are more acoustic than their luxury Vinyl Plank glue down counterparts, due to its IXPE backing, so it depends on how important noise management is for you. 

Installation  

The installation process is one of the main differences between our Hybrid flooring and Vinyl Plank floorboards. While Imagine Floors by Airstep Hybrid Floors are laid using a floating flooring method by which Planks are simply “clicked” together and placed, our Luxury Vinyl Plank floors are installed using a glue down method.  

While this positions Hybrid flooring as the superior option for those wishing to take a DIY installation route, the stick down method of laying Vinyl Plank floorboards has its own perks.  

Repairs 

The main benefits of our Vinyl Plank flooring stick down installation method is that if you ever need to repair your flooring, you will find it far easier to do so than you would with Hybrid floors that have been laid using the click installation method. This is because it is quite easy to replace a single Vinyl Plank by simply heating the damaged floorboard to soften the glue, gently removing it, and then placing a new one in the space left by the removed board. 

In contrast, flooring that is laid using a click together method requires that multiple boards be pulled up until you reach the damaged floorboard that requires replacing. This is obviously less convenient; however, it is balanced out by the initial ease of installation and the fact that it is rare that your flooring will require repairs or replacement.  

Pet Friendliness  

While both Hybrid floors and Vinyl Plank flooring are incredibly tough and durable, they are not necessarily recommended for those with pets. Tiny paws can quickly scratch up your floors so if you’re after pet friendly flooring, we suggest checking out our laminate flooring collection instead. 

Having said that, if you are set on having either Vinyl Plank floors or Hybrid floorboards within your home for the waterproof benefits, we would recommend Hybrid over Vinyl in this instance. 

Warranty 

Flooring isn’t just the foundation of your design, its also an investment in your home’s future – that’s why you want to ensure that any floors that you purchase come with a solid warranty. The good news is that both of our Hybrid flooring ranges – Soleil and Saranda – come with lifetime residential warranties. Our Naturale Plank 3.0 and Naturale Plank 5.0 Vinyl Plank floors also feature an impressive 25-year domestic warranty, and our Oatlands Vinyl Plank Flooring collection is covered by a 20-year warranty within the home. 

If your main concern is warranty length, your best choice here is obviously one of our Hybrid flooring ranges, however, 20 years is still a long time so you can rest assured that your Vinyl Plank floors will last a while too. Please note that all warranties are subject to proper care and maintenance, as such, we suggest that you read the below cleaning guides to ensure that your new floors are properly cared for. 

How To Clean Hybrid Flooring 

How To Clean Vinyl Plank Flooring 

The points in this article are brief overviews as we’d be here all day if we went into full detail, however, we hope that it has helped you decide whether Hybrid floors or Vinyl Plank flooring are better for you. If you’d like further advice or are ready to make a purchase, head down to your local flooring expert today.  

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