Laminate flooring is made to look and feel like natural products such as wood or natural stone, yet it is made up of synthetic materials combined with natural and recycled ingredients Laminate flooring has a dense inner core and glued-on or fused layers of outer material. Many types of laminate flooring simulate wood, but some look like marble or granite.
A popular alternative to other hard surface products, high-quality laminate flooring resists staining, wear, and fading while providing unique looks and appeal. It's durable and water-resistant, offering use in bathrooms and kitchens in addition to high traffic areas. Laminate floors are usually much less expensive than wood or natural stone flooring material, and are a reasonable solution for a do-it-yourself homeowner to install, often without the use of glue, staples or nails or the expense of fortified subflooring. Installed laminate floors typically "float" over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which is meant to provide moisture and sound-reducing properties. Laminate floors are considered to be very low-maintenance. They do not require waxing, oiling or staining.