When considering flooring for the kitchen, laminate is a popular choice for those who want an aesthetic upgrade from vinyl sheet flooring but have a limited budget for the project. Laminate is more affordable than hardwood, luxury vinyl tiles and other common kitchen floor choices. Resists scratches, dents and stains, especially better grades of flooring.
The drawbacks of laminate are (1) lower return on investment compared with hardwood, tile or stone when selling a home, (2) cannot be refinished, (3) can warp or stain in standing water and (4)cheap thin grades can scratch easily and are hard to match again when fixed. Below we list a few popular types of laminate finishes but the available variety is huge. Remember, laminate is not real wood, it's just made to look like wood.