Durability. Both vinyl and laminate flooring are extremely durable. The best laminate floors usually last for up to 20 years, while vinyl flooring typically comes with a 15+ year warranty. However, you can't refinish or reseal laminate, while you can add extra layers of urethane to vinyl flooring to extend its life. Choose laminate flooring with natural wood wear layer for an iconic finish. There is an extensive range of new flooring options that are low maintenance but nothing beats the look and feel of a good laminate wood flooring.