Delamination describes a condition wherein the laminated layers of a synthetic or engineered flooring product separate one from another. Delaminated flooring is no longer structurally sound. Delamination can be caused by a manufacturing defect; however, delamination is more commonly caused by exposure to a solvent (including water) or excessive wear.
Flooring types which may have laminated layers include tufted broadloom carpet, engineered hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl flooring, and heterogeneous vinyl. Layers which are fused together by heat are less likely to peel apart than layers which were bonded together by adhesive.
Delaminated carpet is carpet when the primary and secondary backings have separated. Delaminated carpet will not retain its stretch in a normal manner.