You have many laminate flooring types to choose from if you decide to use that type of flooring in your home. Laminate flooring can be classified in many different ways. One of those ways is the general appearance and practicality of the flooring. Here is a look at different classifications for laminate flooring types.

Basic Photo Layer Pattern

There are a few different materials that the basic photographic layers of the different laminate flooring types can imitate. Some look like natural stone. Others look like rich hardwoods, and others look like distressed or hand-scraped hardwoods. There are even photo patterns that look like steel, terra cotta or pearl. You have a range of choices if you go to a manufacturer that offers them.

Plank Size

The plank size is one of the variations in laminate flooring types. Wide planks are easy to install, and they give an unusual look to your floor. Narrow planks look more like traditional wood floors. They are harder to install, but if you like them the best, you will not be satisfied with the wider planks.

Texture

One of the newest laminate flooring types is embossed in registration. That means that the manufacturing process is done so that the texture on top of the laminate pieces matches up with the grain of the wood-look photographic layer. This makes them very realistic as substitutes for wood flooring. Other laminate flooring types have embossing, but it is not matched up; it is just one of many textures designed to make the floor more visually interesting. Some laminate floors are smooth, too.

Pattern Size

When you get stone-look laminate flooring types, you will have to make a decision about what size of pattern you want to have. The sizes range from small to large, and some are even random with both small and large elements in the same pieces.  The larger patterns can make your room look larger and more open, while the smaller pieces can make your room look more cozy and friendly.

Installation Needs

Some laminate flooring types are just easier for do-it-yourselfers to take care of on their own. The click and lock particularly do not take an excessive amount of specialized knowledge. As long as you study the instructions and use the tools required for the jobs, you should be alright. However, some types are better left for installation by professionals. When you make all your choices from all the laminate flooring types, you should come up with the exact flooring you want.

Shawn Hickman is the Search Marketing Manager for Sears Home Improvements. For more information on Laminate Flooring Types , visit the Flooring Services section of the Sears Home Services website or call 1-866-238-5142.