Laminate has been around since the 1970’s. Like all popular flooring, it has gone through many changes over time, and consumers still maintain many misconceptions about laminate. Let’s take a look at some of the facts and features of laminate to help clear up theses common myths.
Myth 1: Laminate and Vinyl are the same.
It's easy to spot the differences between laminate and sheet or vinyl tile, but others find it harder when it comes to LVP (luxury vinyl plank). The main difference between laminate and LVP is the materials they’re constructed of and how they’re layered. Laminate is made up of several layers with a rigid fiberboard core, design layer, and a top wear layer. LVP is also constructed in layers but is made of more flexible, resilient, and water-resistant materials. Laminate is not as water-resistant as LVP and generally is not recommended for high moisture areas like bathrooms.
Myth 2: Laminate flooring doesn't look as good as real wood or stone floors.
Today's laminate is not your grandfather’s laminate. Laminate has made great advances in styles, textures, and designs. New technologies have enabled laminate to have an almost endless selection of wood and stone looks with textures and grains that make it difficult to spot the difference from real wood.
Myth 3: Laminate floors can't be repaired.
This myth may spring from the fact that some people confuse laminate with sheet vinyl. But since laminate comes in interlocking planks that are installed by the floating method, it’s easily repaired. If a plank is damaged, it can simply be taken up and replaced with a new one. Because some laminate is not as water-resistant as other flooring, it is not a bad idea to get an extra box of your flooring in case repairs are needed.
If you've been thinking about laminate floors for your home, you can now have a clearer understanding of the product with these myths and misconceptions out of the way. Stop by our showroom to see the many styles we have in stock. Our flooring experts can help you choose which one suits your style and needs.