also called floating wood tile in the United States, is a multi
layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process.
Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic
appliqué layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board
Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood
flooring. It may also have the advantages of costing less and requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is reasonably durable, hygienic (several brands contain an antimicrobial resin), and relatively easy to maintain.