Know the difference before you buy!
Types Of Laminate Floor
Laminate flooring offers the beauty of traditional hardwood, stone and tile floors with the added benefit of high durability, easy installation and maintenance.
This information below will walk you through which type of laminate flooring is best for your specific project.
Many laminates look like and mimic the texture of real hardwood, stone and tile, and are available in a variety of finishes, including:
- Pine: a wood grain finish
- Maple: a wood grain finish
- Cherry: a wood grain finish
- Oak: a wood grain finish
One way you can divide laminate into different categories, is by installation type. This is especially important to consider if you’re installing the laminate flooring yourself, so be sure to pick a floor with the kind of installation method you’d prefer to use.
The different installation types for laminate flooring are:
- Glueless-Click: Easy-to-install, click-lock laminate is the most common type, and requires no glue. Padding and underlayment is usually needed to provide cushion and protection.
- Attached Underlay: These floors come with several different types of tongue and grooved locking systems and an attached underlayment to reduce noise levels. That’s good to know.
- Glued Laminate: Glued laminate requires glue to adhere the joints together, requiring extra time and cost. This makes for a very strong floor, however.
- Pre-Glued: This type comes with an adhesive already applied to the joints that must simply be activated with moisture to join together.