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Laminate Flooring Is Here to Stay

It's better-looking and more affordable than ever

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.

Laminate Flooring Is Here to Stay
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