Updated: Jul 3, 2020
They didn't. If you look hard enough, you will find a display or two somewhere in the back corner of most stores. While 20 years ago, laminate flooring used to be the most popular hard surface floor, these days, you can barely find it. Why?
Back in the day, you could walk in to most floor covering stores, and they would have a pallet of laminate sitting in their show room. Cash and carry for $0.99 a square foot. Stores could not keep it in stock. It was running out the door. The DIY folks were going crazy with flooring projects.
Then a few years after the rush, something unexpected happened....claims. The manufacturers and stores were overwhelmed with laminate claims. Everything from delamination to water problems to the clicking system coming apart. The bottom line: most of the laminate products were just junk.
So, why did the local flooring stores stop selling laminate flooring? Claims, Claims, and more Claims!
The industry had to make an adjustment. The manufacturer's worked to improve their products, as well as come up with other product solutions. As a result, a few years later, luxury vinyl plank flooring was introduced.
Luxury vinyl tile and plank is the fastest growing product category in most every floor covering store. Contrary to store laminate displays, luxury vinyl tile and plank displays are growing by leaps and bounds. Go in to any floor covering store and check-out their selling real estate. Probably 50% of their hard surface area will be dedicated to LVT (luxury vinyl tile). It has taken over the marketplace. So why is LVT such a better product? For one, most of the products in day's marketplace are waterproof. These products are great for basements, kitchens and bathrooms. The color, design and patterns of LVT are incredible. Customers are falling in love with the look. And quite simply, LVT is just made much, much better than laminate flooring.
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One last thought: if you go in to a store these days to find the same laminate that you purchased 15 years ago. chances are, your product will have been discontinued. If you're looking to find a few pieces, or extend the flooring in your home with the same laminate product, you had better get in the mindset that you'll end up replacing everything. Sorry.
In conclusion, why did floor covering stores stop selling laminate flooring. They didn't. but they are about ready too.
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