Laminate is a floor covering that appears similar to hardwood but is made with a plywood or medium density fiberboard core with a plastic laminate top layer. Laminate may be more durable than hardwood, but cannot be refinished like hardwood.
Laminate plank flooring is a multi-layer product fused together. Laminate flooring planks simulate wood grain with a photographic layer under a clear protective finish. It is usually easier to install and maintain than traditional hardwood flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile comes in a variety of lengths and widths. Therefore, it’s better suited for imitating materials like stone, granite, and concrete. LVT can float, peel-and-stick, be glued down, or snap together for easy installation.
Luxury Vinyl Plank can mimic the look of traditional hardwood floors. They can float, be glued down, or snap together. LVP can also be smooth or textured to mimic different types of materials.
Linoleum is the most sustainable flooring choice. It is made with linseed oil, pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers. Naturally resilient and insulating linoleum can help reduce energy used for heating, cooling and lighting.
Unlike tiles which are made of minerals, resilient flooring is made of materials that have some elasticity, giving the flooring a degree of flexibility called resilience. The flooring is available in large sheets or pre-cut tiles.
Engineered hardwood has a thin solid wood layer on top with a composite core. It can be a less expensive option than buying hardwood, but it cannot be sanded and refinished. This flooring typically is installed with a click-lock method.
Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor.