What is it? Laminate flooring can be made of synthetic materials, as well as natural and recycled elements. Some now have antistatic and antimicrobial properties.
Pros Good-quality laminate flooring is tough,stain-resistant and doesn’t wear or fade. It’s quick and easy to lay, and is ideal for high-traffic areas.
Cons Cheap laminate is a false economy – it will sound hollow and you can end up with ill-fitting boards.
What’s new? ‘The latest ranges have a less defined groove between planks,’ says Philiep Caryn at Quick-Step. ‘This give a smoother and more polished finish.’
Cost From £15 per sq m at Tarkett.