Laminate flooring is a multilayer, synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. It simulates wood and consists of a laminated applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core is usually made of fiber board or melamine resin. Laminate is considered a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. It is installed as a “floating” floor with planks that either snap together or are glued together. Laminated floors also require an underlayment.
· Quite easy to clean.
· More scratch resistant than hardwood floors.
· Considered a better alternative for homes with pets or children.
· Not suitable for higher moisture areas (Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms, Kitchens, etc.). Moisture can cause swelling in the laminate floor base and at the seams.
· Can “chip” easily.
· Laminate is not waterproof, and spills must be cleaned immediately.
Do you have pets and/or children in your home? Do you stand for long periods of time cooking in the kitchen? Considering these questions can help you choose the best flooring product for installation.