Types of Laminate

Knowing the basic types of laminate and laminate installation can provide you with a firm foundation upon which to begin your laminate shopping journey.

  • no more fake looks
  • looks are traditional, rustic, distressed and exotic
  • grains and texture more realistic than ever
  • number of photographs or screens determine quality
  • lighter colors make small rooms look larger
  • dark colors create intimate settings
  • choose coordinating or contrasts with cabinets or furniture
  • no matching colors and styles, be creative

4 Forms of Installation

  • Glueless laminate flooring
    • quick and easy
    • thin underlayment seals out moisture
    • floors float over subfloors
    • vapor barrier can be added for noise
  • Laminate flooring with attached underlay
    • several different types of tongue and grooved locking systems
    • attached underlayment to reduce noise levels
  • Glued laminate flooring
    • the original laminate floors
    • require a special formulated glue
    • offered in planks and tiles
  • Pre-glued laminate flooring
    • no mess, glue already applied to the tongue and grooves
    • quick and easy to install
    • thin, plastic underlayment needed to seal out moisture and prevent glue from sticking


  • affect the overall
  • important because they cover the space allowed for flooring to expand and move naturally
  • helps with the transition to an adjacent floor
  • manufacturers offer coordinating moldings for all styles and colors
  • moldings are designed to coordinate, not be an exact match
  • moldings for laminates are slightly larger than wood or tile counterparts