Vinyl vs Hybrid Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl and Hybrid Vinyl Flooring

Features of Vinyl Flooring

  • Durable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Stylish and aesthetic design
  • Comfortable
  • Waterproof
  • Stain and scratch-resistant

Features of Hybrid Vinyl Flooring

  • Has a core made of limestone or wood
  • Heat-resistant
  • Available in a range of styles and designs
  • Waterproof
  • Stain and scratch-resistant

Both hybrid vinyl and vinyl are popular flooring options. Durable, waterproof and stylish - they can be used in almost any room.

Vinyl and hybrid vinyl flooring are made of a polyurethane PVC wear layer. The PVC layer makes both flooring options tough, waterproof, scratch and stain-resistant.

Difference between Vinyl and Hybrid Vinyl Flooring

Core layer

The core layer is where they differ.

In Vinyl flooring - the core is made of PVC. In hybrid vinyl flooring, PVC is mixed with recycled wood or limestone. It makes hybrid floors rigid and stable compared to vinyl floors.

Both flooring options are scratch-resistant and can handle heavy foot traffic. However, hybrid vinyl has a clear edge. The rigid core layer makes it highly durable and can withstand wear and tear, dents and scratches. Especially if you have pets or children, hybrid vinyl is a great option.


Vinyl floors can be installed in two ways :

  • Loose lay - the edge of the planks are fastened down to the subfloor. No adhesives are required. The planks need to be cut in size and put in place to complete the installation
  • Glue down - the planks are glued to the subfloor using adhesives

Hybrid vinyl has a click-lock mechanism. The planks need to be laid row by row and they will click together without the requirement of adhesives.


Vinyl planks are slightly cheaper than hybrid vinyl planks. The technology used to make the core thicker makes the hybrid vinyl expensive than vinyl.

However, both are still cost-effective options for homeowners looking to upgrade their flooring. Ensure you check the product before you buy - check for manufacturer’s warranty and reviews.


Both floors have an acoustic underlay (foam padding) made of foam, rubber or cork. The underlay is placed underneath the floor to block the sound.

The underlay also makes the layer more comfortable to walk on. The thick core layer of hybrid vinyl improves the acoustics and comfort level

That means hybrid floors are much more comfortable to walk on compared to vinyl floors.


Both flooring options are low-maintenance.

They are easy to clean - simply sweep, mop or vacuum the floor. Plus they don’t trap dust so they are a good option for people with asthma or allergies.


Hybrid vinyl and vinyl flooring are available in a range of styles and colours. You are sure to find a style that suits your personal taste.

Which is better - Hybrid or Vinyl Flooring?

Both materials are constructed similarly.

The only difference is the core layer. Limestone and wood mixed with PVC make the hybrid vinyl stronger and more comfortable.

Essentially, Hybrid vinyl is an improved version of vinyl flooring. Both are 100% waterproof, durable, hard-wearing and stylish.

If you are confused about these flooring options, we would recommend you to visit our showroom located on the Sunshine Coast. Our flooring specialists will be happy to discuss both the options with you and recommend the flooring best suited for your needs.

Trusted Vinyl Flooring Experts on the Sunshine Coast

For the very best expert advice on vinyl and hybrid vinyl floors, an extensive range of style options, as well as professional flooring installation services contact the team at Impact Floors at 1300 253 321 or complete our quick online vinyl flooring quote form today.

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