Laminate flooring is very durable and has been designed for ease of installation and low maintenance. It is these attributes that make laminates extremely suitable for home installations. Technological improvements mean that laminates do a greater job in duplicating the natural wood look but these floors should not be confused with real timber floors. One advantage of this type of floor is that since the pattern of the flooring is produced from a photograph its design limitations are endless.
Laminate floors have very good resistance to stains and sunlight fading; they have excellent compact resistance and most are offered with Wear layer Warranties. As with hardwood timber floors they do not hold dust-mites or other micro-organisms, offering a healthy, allergen-free environment.
Laminate Floors are 'installer friendly' and with a few basic tools and a little natural talent a floor can be installed quick and easily.
Laminate Floors can be installed directly over most existing floor coverings. They should be laid over a foam underlay incorporating a moisture barrier. The laminate panels are either glued together or incorporate a self-fastening system, eliminating the need for glue. All packs come with easy to read fitting instructions and most manufacturers offer a complete array of accessories and after care products to complement their products.
On the down side, because of their construction, if the surface layer is damaged the board will have to be removed and replaced.