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.