Laminate flooring is a multi-layered product that includes an underlayment, core, image layer, and top clear wear sheet, all fused to form rigid boards. Once thought of as mainly an economy flooring, laminate floors
are now seen in living areas, kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms, and hallways in some high-end homes where once only genuine wood or stone would be considered. Since this product is made up of wood byproducts, excessively wet areas should be avoided.
Thickness isn’t an indicator of durability, but it does affect the “feel” of the floor. Manufacturers are quick to point out that your choice shouldn't be based on thickness alone but on a combination of factors that determine quality. Measurements range from 5-mm to 15-mm. Thicker is better, and if you are wanting a laminate wood flooring opt for 12-mm to 15-mm to get that authentic hardwood feeling.
The (abrasion coefficient) rating is a number system ranging from one to five, with durability increasing as the numbers do. For example, C-1 means it’s appropriate for low traffic floors, while C-5 is typically used only for commercial installations. Most recommend a C-3 rating for any residential installation.