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What is the difference between vinyl and laminate floors; and the best use for each floor?

Both floors are easy to clean, durable, and will not fade over time. Both floors have impressive color and pattern selections. Vinyl floors are water resistant and have a cushy, giving feel to them, whereas laminate floors have a harder feel to the foot.

Vinyl floors:

Vinyl floors are best for people whose homes include toddlers spilling sippy cups, wet dogs shaking themselves dry, or muddy footprints from whoever forgot to wipe their shoes coming in from the rainstorm. Vinyl floors do not dent, fade, or stain and they are easy to keep clean.
Vinyl floors are flexible and soft to walk on. They feel “cushy” under foot.
Vinyl floors comes in many different patterns and colors, which gives artistic installers the option to create patterns with the vinyl floor.
Vinyl floors are good to install in the bathroom and in the kitchen because they are durable and water resistant.

Laminate floors:

Laminate floors are for people who want the look of hardwood or stone in their house, but do not want to spend a lot of money on the floor or a lot of time installing the floor. Laminate floors are also for the environmentally friendly, as they are not made with wood. Laminate floors are typically cheaper (20 to 25% less) and easier to install then traditional hardwood floors. Laminate floors are reasonably durable and easy to clean. Laminate floors can be placed in high traffic places in the home. Laminate floors are protect against UV rays, so they will not fade over time.
Laminate floors come in a large selection including domestic and exotic wood patterns and colors, porcelain tile and natural slate, and narrow boards and individual tiles.
Laminate floors are good to put in hallways, bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. They are not recommended for rooms that have running water because laminate floors are not water resistant.

Consider Tri-County Floors for all of your flooring needs.


Tri-County…now offering our clients The Full Package

Tri-County is proud to announce an expansion of our services. We now are able to provide home owners with design-to finish, state-of-the-art kitchens and bathroom remodels, and new construction. We’ve brought the able-bodied staff of Alioto and Assoc. (in business for over 60 years) on as part of Tri-County’s pro line-up. A full-time draftsperson, an interior design architect, and a licensed building architect are all now part of the talent base at our disposal. These professionals have over 100 years of combined hands-on experience to bring to any project.

We’ve also incorporated the professionals at BJM Construction (a full-service contracting firm, in business for over 28 years) to be part of our team. By adding these elements to our service menu we are able to completely remove the confusion and frustration that has historically been the norm for homeowners involved in remodeling and/or custom-building.

For the past 20 years in the North Bay area, Tri-County has developed an excellent reputation as the homeowner’s best choice for quality flooring options and installation. Many of our clients have told us fairly frightening stories of how, while trying to organize two or three separate private contractors, the estimates and schedules became impossible to control… not to mention the issues of quality control. By having one reliable company handle your project, from inception to delivery, the homeowner is free to watch their dream take shape, without the headaches.

5500 square feet of showroom space at our Petaluma location and over 1600 square feet at our Sonoma satellite feature every option imaginable to choose from. We have design packages guaranteed to fit your taste and your budget. Plus, if designing and building a one-of-a-kind kitchen or bath is your preference, Tri-County Design Center can provide the brand names and in-house designer/construction teams to bring any custom blueprint to life.

Come by (in Petaluma at 1180 Holm Rd., Suite B or in Sonoma at 644 3rd St. West) and take a look. Talk to any of our qualified and friendly staff. We’ll show you how your ideal kitchen and/or bath can go from dream to reality.

Tri County Floors – Where Experience Matters

At Tri-County Floors we carry everything from residential carpet to hardwood, ceramic, porcelain, stone, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring. If you’re upgrading, remodeling, or building, we offer the best flooring in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Novato, Sonoma County, and the North Bay, coupled with excellent customer service to assist you.  Whether residential or commercial, we have it all. Visit our new showroom or contact us now for your free consultaion, free estimate, and timely flooring installation.