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choosing flooring: laminate

It would be hard to find a flooring product more versatile than laminate. In addition to a variety of colours and finishes, you can also choose between installation methods. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

How It's Made

Laminate flooring shouldn't be confused with engineered wood flooring. Both are made of layers of material bonded (laminated) together for strength. Laminate floors use several materials such as resin, wood fibre and Kraft paper (materials vary by manufacturer) compacted under pressure to create the final product. The flooring is made into planks.

The surface of a laminate plank is actually an image, printed from film onto a thin decorative layer, which is then treated with a wearlayer. The high resolution of the film allows an extremely authentic appearance. The finished material is similar in feel to a kitchen countertop. A variety of finishes are available from wood grain to colour.


Laminate floors are floating floors, meaning that they aren't attached to the subfloor. The flooring is sold as tongue and groove planks where the planks simply lock together.

Laminate flooring can be installed on all grade levels. Because it's durable and easy to clean, it's a perfect floor for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms — any room that has a lot of traffic. With proper preparation, installation is possible over concrete, vinyl, tile and even some carpet.


Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures. Please visit our terms of use.

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