What’s all the fuss about Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic product that is made up of several layers. Those layers are then sealed together by the lamination process. Laminate flooring is NOT made out of plastic. In the past, it may have appeared this way, but due to new innovative manufacturing, laminate flooring looks almost the same as hardwood or stone flooring.

Laminate makes for an extremely durable product because of its multi-layer construction. Laminate is resistant to scratch, fade, and is easy to clean. Laminate’s durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around

How is Laminate Flooring Made?

Laminate flooring consists of 4 layers. The wear layer, the design, the core, and the back layer. Each layer has its own purpose. These layers are fused (or laminated) together using heat and pressure to make one cohesive piece. On the top is a wear layer to give it strong scratch protection, and underneath there is a high-density core board.  

Easy to Install and Maintain

Depending on what you currently have, laminate flooring may be able to be installed over your existing floor. This means you may not have to install a subfloor or pay to have the old flooring removed, and save money in the long run. The planks easily snap together which makes installation a breeze compared to other flooring options. Laminate flooring resists stains and scratches due to its multi-layer construction. It is resistant to scratches, fading and is very easy to clean. Laminate flooring’s durability allows for heavy traffic= which makes it a perfect choice for busy families with kids and pets! Even hair color won't stain laminate floors! Laminate flooring is easy to clean, and generally only needs the occasional wipe down vs. other flooring options that may require frequent deep cleaning, refinishing and polishing.

Lots of Options

Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of finishes, so you can pick a color option that goes best with your room. Because the pattern layer is printed, the color, shape, grain, etc. can all be adjusted in a plethora of designs to fit in with any décor. The new laminate flooring is even textured so to all but the trained eye – gives the appearance of real hardwood, without any of the fuss.


Due to the materials used in Laminate Flooring, the cost is significantly less than Hardwood Flooring. The installation cost is generally cheaper as well. Also take into consideration if it can be installed over your existing flooring, which could save more money in the long run. The cost to purchase and install laminate flooring is similar to the cost to purchase and install carpeting, however due to the other factors such as ease of care, upkeep etc. laminate is often the more popular option.