Laminate flooring refers to flooring that is made of basically the same material as a kitchen bench top, but is substantially harder. It is extremely resistant to scuffing and scratching, and has a very high resistance to impact damage.
Laminate flooring comes in panels that are fitted together to create a “plate” of flooring that is laid on top of a 2mm underlay.
The underlay is not designed to make the floor feel soft & spongy – it is there to absorb any minor irregularities in the subfloor and to act as a vapour and sound barrier.
Laminate flooring can be laid over any sound, hard and level subfloor, including concrete, timber, particle board, ceramic tiles, lino or cork.
Laminate flooring is available in varying qualities, ranging from: