Types of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring samplesLaminate is an excellent flooring choice for any room in your home.  When first exploring laminate options however, it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelming amounts of information out there.  There are just so many things to consider!  To help guide the way, here’s an outline of some of the most popular types and variations of laminate and why they might be the perfect choice for your home.

When considering laminate, the biggest deciding factor is typically the look you are going for in your home. Do you want to emulate hardwood floors? Or are you seeking a polished stone look?  Additionally, you should consider the functionality of the floors themselves. How long do you want your floors to last and what’s your plan for installation? 

Wood Grain

Arguably some of the most popular choices in laminate flooring are the ‘wood grain’ types.  For those on a budget, or those who change their mind often, they can opt to have laminate planks that resemble wood installed in their home instead of real wood.  This could potentially save money, especially if the homeowner has an exotic wood grain in mind.  The options are endless and it’s quite easy to find a color and ‘wood’ pattern that will go well in your home. 

Other Textures

Laminate can also be made to look like other flooring surfaces such as marble, limestone, slate, and travertine.  These types are usually made in tiles, but are installed the same way planks are.  Typically, the more variations in the tile, the more expensive the laminate will be – but it still won’t come close to the cost of real marble, slate, or other popular stone.   

Thickness

There is also flexibility in the thickness of your laminate floors.  While the thicker floors may be pricier, they have a much longer ‘life’ than the thinner laminate sheets.  In fact, laminate floors can last up to 25 years if cared for properly.

Glued or Pre-glued

  • Glued: This refers to flooring that needs to have a special adhesive formula applied to the tongues and grooves (the edges that allow the pieces to click together) to set it in place.  This is considered traditional laminate flooring and once the glue dries, it’ll hold up for years to come.
  • Pre-glued:  With this type of laminate, the glue has already been applied to the tongues and grooves of the planks or tiles.  This makes it relatively quick and easy to install, with no mess.

End Pieces & Molding

End pieces and molding are important to consider when installing laminate floors.  Many floors have designated pieces that coordinate with the color and ‘texture’ of your floor.  But these pieces are usually bigger than their wood counterparts, and can be cumbersome if used incorrectly.  However without them, a room will appear unfinished with exposed edges.   

  • End Molding/Carpet Reducer: This is a transitional piece that connects laminate flooring to other surfaces of different heights.
  • Reducer Strip: This is the main transitional piece used to connect laminate flooring with other flooring of similar height.
  • T-molding: This piece of laminate is usually used between doorways and can connect two laminate floorings together.
  • Quarter Round:  Whenever the laminate floor meets the wall or existing baseboard, a quarter round laminate piece can be used to complete the seamless look. 

Laminate flooring is a great choice for any homeowner.  It’s durable, stylish, and smart! No matter the texture, color, or thickness you decide, your home will have a refreshed look with this diverse flooring.