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Somebody told me about a different laminate that is actually made from a type of rubber/plastic.

what is the product called and what are the pros/cons over conventional laminate flooring.

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We'll need more information. They make rubber floors. Have for quite a while. Not sure about plastic floors, though. –  DA01 Aug 14 '12 at 16:11
    
I am in South Africa, and have not seen the rubber laminate floors, someone from England made reference to them. apparently the board is printed with a cover that looks like the wooden laminate, however they are made from rubber/plastic and not the chipboard. (ie exactly like laminate just made of rubber/plastic) –  Hightower Aug 14 '12 at 16:34
    
ah, interesting. Yea, that's new to me. –  DA01 Aug 14 '12 at 17:55
    
Could it be Vinyl flooring with a wood pattern? –  Tester101 Aug 14 '12 at 18:01
    
yes, Perfect, sorry, i guess it was a bad question... but thanks for the answer! –  Hightower Aug 14 '12 at 18:33

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Sounds like you're looking for Vinyl flooring with a wood pattern, which means the pros/cons list would look something like this...

Vinyl

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy to install.
  • Fairly durable.
  • Many patterns available.
  • Moisture resistant.
  • Quieter.
  • Softer under foot.

Cons

  • Damaged by heavy/sharp objects.
  • Not great for resale value.
  • Prone to fading.

Laminate

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy to install.
  • Good resale value.
  • Scratch-resistant.

Cons

  • Damaged by heavy/sharp objects.
  • Harder under foot.
  • Noisier.
  • Not a great choice for damp areas.
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