Laminate is a popular floor covering that mimics natural materials like stone and wood. Laminate flooring is much stronger than vinyl and more resilient than the wood and stone it imitates. Laminate designs are printed in high definition allowing them to capture a stone or wood look almost perfectly. Laminate comes in many different plank sizes, is resistant to wear, and won’t fade from direct sunlight or any kind of artificial light. In addition, may varieties are now waterproof. Due to its durability, most laminate has a warranty of 15 to 30 years.
Installation is easy with a locking system that is nail and glue-free. It can easily be floated over any non-textile sub floor or existing floor, even concrete. Most products require a moisture barrier underlayment or have one already attached.
Laminate products can be made to mimic a range of different materials, everything from masonry products to the more contemporary hardwood designs. This versatility, combined with the low square footage cost, has made laminate and wood-look laminate products some of the most popular flooring options on the market.
Laminate vs Vinyl
One of the biggest differences between laminate products and vinyl sheets and planks is the degree of moisture resistance offered by each. While vinyl products are generally considered waterproof, laminate is susceptible to long-term moisture exposure. It’s moisture resistant, but prolonged exposure can lead to warping. Some newer products are more moisture resistant, but not moisture-proof.