What is laminate flooring and what is it made from?

Close up of pack of laminate flooring planks
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On the face of it, what is laminate flooring is a simple question with a relatively simple answer. But look past the obvious and there’s some questions of which the answers can help you make an informed choice when looking to buy new laminate flooring for your latest home project. 

What is laminate flooring made of? Can I put laminate flooring in my bathroom? How long does laminate flooring last? How do I lay laminate flooring? Can I do it myself? These are just a few of the common questions that get asked when considering laminate flooring for a project. Here we look to answer these questions and more.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.