Laminate may not be the hardwood flooring that many homeowners dream of, but it’s an affordable option that is growing in popularity. Today’s laminates are available in a wide variety of styles, looking like everything from wood to tile to limestone. Assistant editor Justin Fink explains the details of laminates: how they’re made, how they are assembled in a house, and how manufacturers are making them look increasingly like the real thing they’re representing. Included are sidebars on laminate moldings and laminate underlayments, which include vapor barriers and sound-reduction layers.
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