How To Tell The
Difference Between Vinyl Floors And Parquet Floors?
When building their dream house, most
people overlook the significance of having quality floors.
In most cases people go for the cheaper option and forget to
look at the features.
Importance of Buying Quality Floor
· Attractive appearance that doesn’t fade away soon
· Good strong and long-lasting support
· Reducing accidents caused by slipping and being
· Low maintenance cost and saves money for buying or
It’s very common for people to confuse vinyl floors and
parquet because they think they are all wooden but one is
better than the other in more ways than one. This article
will advice people who actually value their homes on how to
tell apart vinyl and parquet floors so you can avoid being
cheated by vendors and buying the wrong thing.
13 Differences between Vinyl Floors and Parquet Floors
1. Texture - vinyl floors feel more like plastic because
it’s made with PVC while parquet feel hard and a bit rough
2. Resistance test - in order to differentiate vinyl and
parquet in a hardware, you can request a fire and stain test
to both. Vinyl is very flammable and will melt in seconds
while parquet takes a lot of heat and time to burn. Vinyl
stains very fast but parquet is resistant to stain.
3. Installation - parquet locks together and then it’s
floated or placed to the floor while vinyl is installed
using glue as single pieces. One can tell the difference if
you pick a couple of pieces from both choices and see if
they interlock or not. If not then that’s vinyl.
4. Appearance- parquet has a melamine look on top that
makes it resistant to scratches while vinyl has a plastic
top that can be scratched and show. You can try scratching
or feeling a piece of both choices and see the results to
tell the difference.
5. Price- vinyl is less expensive to buy than parquet
but the price comes down to the same level during
installation because installing vinyl is pricy.
6. Patterns- vinyl flooring comes in many different
colors and patterns for decoration and artistic work while
parquet has very limited appealing choices.
7. Fading- parquet flooring is protected against UV rays
so no matter how long they stay in the shop they won’t fade
but still look new. Vinyl on the other hand starts fading
even before it’s installed so unless you find new ones you
can tell they look a bit faded.
8. Water resistance test- Wood generally absorbs water
while plastic doesn’t. One can take a piece of both choices
and pour some water on them, the one that absorbs the water
is parquet while the one that doesn’t is vinyl. Another
thing that water test proves is how slippery and hard to
clean parquet flooring is. The melamine surface of parquet
causes this and it can be very dangerous which is why they
are not recommended to go to places where there is water or
moisture like bathrooms.
9. Hardness- Obviously vinyl is a bit weak than parquet.
Try bending it and even though they are hard, vinyl flooring
pieces will give in to bend than parquet which is hard.
10. Logo- vinyl is a hard made material that in most
cases is manufactured from scratch by a plastic company
which will put their logo inside the final product. Parquet
on the other hand is natural so it’s very hard to find a
company even the one that modifies it to flooring material
putting their stamp on them.
11. Color- One can check the depth area of the material
to see if the color is true and deep. Vinyl has true color
that goes through and through while parquet has color only
on the top surface. You can see on the sides of parquet that
its color is not inside.
12. Temperature- You can touch a sample of both vinyl
flooring and parquet and feel how cold vinyl is. Wood does
not get cold so parquet will always be warm even with its
Its might be a bit difficult to know the differences between
vinyl floors and parquet floors especially if the vendor is
lying to you but with these 13 qualities one is bound to
tell one from the other just by taking some time to look at
them carefully. One can select which floor he/she wants to
install at home.