Laminate wood flooring is a product that was introduced in 1972 and was made mostly out of paper and resin. Today, it comes in many different types but the most common types are an embossed look, a higher-quality (semi-gloss) finish, or a high-gloss finish just to name a few. Understanding the different types of laminate floors make it easier for consumers to decide which one is most suited for their needs. With that being said, major types of laminate floors may include:
This is the most common type of laminate floor and features a textured look, adding depth to it. It comes in various widths from narrow strips for bathrooms or hallways up to 12″ wide planks that can be used as replacement flooring throughout the entire home.
This latter option provides consumers with the greatest selection of patterns and colors. Brands such as Mohawk and TimberCraft are popular and best installed in areas of the home that get the most foot traffic. Being the most affordable type of laminate wood flooring, it has its disadvantages too. Some consumers feel that this type of flooring doesn’t look realistic, especially when not installed properly.
This is also a very common type that features non-embossed planks, which are resistant to staining with water or oil-based liquids. This is the type of flooring that works great in kitchens and bathrooms. High-gloss is the most common type of laminate flooring for an easy-to-clean, scratch-resistant surface. This is often the common choice for kids’ bedrooms and living rooms.
This particular finish is designed with the health and safety-conscious consumer in mind. It uses recycled materials, which reduces waste while saving energy during production.
They come at a slightly higher price point, however, due to increased costs of production, but are again worth it for those who want to reduce their environmental impact. An additional coating may also be required to protect the floor against spills and stains.
This type of laminate wood flooring is often used in high traffic areas such as hallways, foyers, living rooms, and dining rooms where it can be easily cleaned up from everyday messes. It features a smooth finish that gives your home an elegant look.
One disadvantage of the semi-gloss is that it may not be suitable for families with children. If there are children or pets in the home, then it may be worth considering a high-gloss or embossed finish instead.
Why Choose One Type Over the Other?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing which type of laminate flooring you want in your home. It will come down to personal preference and the room that you plan on installing them in. For example, if there are children/pets running around the house then a higher-gloss finish may be ideal since it will be easier to clean up after them.
If you are using it in a high-traffic area then the embossed type may work best since they do not show footprints as much as other types of laminate flooring. Bear in mind though that it’s best to choose the flooring finish based on your lifestyle over its overall appearance.