Laminate flooring is a hybrid. It looks like hardwood but it’s not. Yet it’s not vinyl tiling and it’s not engineered flooring. Yet–it’s a little of all of those things. People love laminate flooring because it’s easy to install–you can install several hundred square feet in a weekend. It’s easy to clean, too. Put your face right up to laminiate flooring–looks like real wood, doesn’t it? Use a magnifying glass.
Amazing! That’s because laminate flooring is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This surface layer is a photograph of wood grain, not real wood, and is usually covered by a hard transparent layer impervious to dogs, chairs, high heels, you name it.