Laminate flooring is easy to install. It can often be laid directly over existing floorcovering, which saves time and money. When properly installed and sealed with silicone at its edges, laminate floorcovering is water resistant, making it ideal for areas with a high likelihood of spilling, dampness or humidity. When installed in areas like kitchens, bathrooms or basements it offers easy maintenance, superior durability and sustained look and feel. Most laminate flooring is manufactured with a 'wear layer' which protects it against scratches, scuffs and stains.
Laminates which are designed to look like materials such as wood or granite offer the benefits of their appearance, but at greatly reduced maintenance and cost.