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Laminated Wood Vs. Lvp: Which Is More Durable?

When you need a surface that will stand up to moisture, spills and scratches, it’s best to choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring over laminated wood, right?

Not necessarily.

The laminated wood styles in our NOVO COLLECTION can be an excellent option for high-activity, high-traffic areas where durability is key.

How can our laminate wood floors stand up to all that pets and people throw at them while so many seemingly similarly constructed surfaces can’t? Read on to find out.

About The Novo Collection

All of the styles in’s NOVO COLLECTION are made in the USA by Mohawk Flooring and feature one-of-a-kind water- and wear-resistant technology.

Waterproof Features

Unlike many laminated wood flooring products, the selections at use Mohawk’s unique joint-locking system. The edges of each board are milled to create a snug, water-tight fit that prevents liquids from seeping through from above.

As an added layer of protection, the edges of each piece of laminated wood also are finished with a water-repellent coating where the pieces click together.

The result: the first laminate wood floors that can be wet-mopped, and a lifetime waterproof warranty covering all pet and people accidents.

Abrasion Resistance

Of course, water-resistance is only one part of what makes laminate floors resistant to wear and tear long-term. The other is a surface’s ability to stand up to dents, scratches and scuffs over time.

For laminated wood, this kind of durability is measured in what’s known as an Abrasion Criteria (AC) Rating. Ratings range from 1 to 5, and the higher the number, the more resistant the surface is to wear.

The floors in our NOVO COLLECTION feature an AC 4 rating, the highest recommended for residential applications. This makes them 60 percent more wear-resistant than floors with an AC 3 rating, 120 percent more durable than those with an AC 2 rating, and 180 percent better able to stand up to everyday life than floors with an AC 1 rating.

The Bottom Line

The laminated wood products in’s curated collection are just as durable, waterproof and wear-resistant as our LVP alternatives. What’s more, each surface in the NOVO COLLECTION features a high-resolution image layer and 3D texture that looks and feels exactly like real hardwood.

Shop The Novo Collection

Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your space, budget and lifestyle? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our NOVO COLLECTION of laminated wood flooring today.