Is formica the same as laminate?
Christine from Boston, MA
Formica is a company that has been putting out laminate for years. I believe they have registered the trade mark .. etc. To answer your, yes, most people will use the two terms interchangeably.
Formica is both a company and brand name for thier laminate products. Many times people will use the term interchangeably when talking about laminate countertops, etc. It is kind of unfortunate for them, as I think they actually produce a number of other products as well. :D
(I don't work for them but, if you want to check out thier product offerings, I'd suggest visiting thier website.)
A laminate is a material constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together.
Laminates can mean, and is used to talk about, a whole range of products, formica, plastic, wood, metal, etc.
Formica is a heat resistant, wipe-clean, plastic laminate of paper or fabric with melamine resin.
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