Beyond the laminate floor’s resistance to moisture, scratching, and staining, which allows the floor to be very low maintenance, one of the main draws of laminate flooring is the ease of its installation.
Many types laminate flooring provide a "glueless" alternative, allowing each board to be connected by means of a tongue-and-groove design that clicks together to form a sturdily fastened surface. With some experience in light carpentry, a laminate floor is a good option for a proficient do-it-yourselfer. In this sense, installing laminate flooring yourself could save you the cost of hiring a professional. If you happen to be a professional, a laminate floor is a great time-saving option to offer to clients, allowing you to move to the next job with minimum fuss and maximum results.
Laminate flooring has been a popular choice in other parts of the world for many years, most notably in Europe where the grading of laminate flooring is still the industry standard. Laminate flooring is made up of a core of dense fiberboard, and a top layer on which a photographed pattern is pressure sealed by a coating of plastic-like aluminum oxide. When you walk on a laminate floor that appears to be made of real wood, you are actually walking on a very realistic photograph! This sealed photographic, or décor layer, makes the laminate floor surface very durable and resistant to damage from high foot traffic, household pets, and light moisture. The core layer is thereby protected from moisture that might land on the top surface, although water spills or other moisture should be mopped up promptly and not allowed to sit on the floor.