Cost effective, durable and scratch resistant laminate flooring from Thames Valley Carpet & Flooring.


Laminate flooring is one of the most resilient and durable floor surfaces available. It is a popular flooring material due to its ease of installation, low maintenance requirements, and long life.

This material can also be printed to simulate a wide variety of natural flooring materials include hardwood planks, and slate and ceramic tiles.

Unlike real hardwood, which comes with many imperfect pieces that need to be discarded or re-engineered, there are no defects in laminate flooring. Every board is of consistent quality and appearance.

Laminate flooring contains multiple layers of material that when fused together make a flooring product that can replicate wood or stone. It consists of a backing layer, core, image layer and wear layer.

Structure of Laminate Flooring

Top Wear Layer

The top layer of a laminate floor is known as the wear layer. This invisible surface rests over the material, protecting it from scratches, heel marks and damage.

Photograph Layer or Decorative Layer

This is the surface that gives the laminate its actual appearance. It is created when an image or pattern is printed a layer that is embedded in resin. The actual image can be almost anything, but typically laminate floors are manufactured to simulate the look of hardwood, cork, bamboo, natural stone, ceramic, or even brick pavers. This is what gives laminate flooring its unique appearance.


This is the heart of the material. The fibreboard core provides the depth, structure, and stability of the surface covering. It is generally comprised of wood chips or sawdust ground into a very fine powder, coated with resin, and pressed into flat sheets

Back Layer

Many laminates will have a moisture barrier back layer. This works with the water resistant wear layer on top to sandwich the fibreboard and picture layers of the laminate, creating a water tight seal around the core material.


Laminate flooring must be installed over an underlay. This is most often cork or foam rolls. An appropriate underlay can also reduce the hollow noise that occurs when walking on some laminate floors.

Style of laminate flooring

Laminate flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years, due to its ability to replicate the look of hardwood or stone flooring at a fraction of the cost. But with so many different styles and options available, how do you know which is best for your home?

When considering laminate flooring, there are two main categories to consider: 12mm Laminate and 8mm Laminate. 12mm laminate is thicker than 8mm but still relatively thin when compared to hardwood floors. This thinner option can be great for those who want an affordable way to update their space. 12mm laminate offers a wide variety of colors, textures and designs that can bring warmth and style into any home. Plus it’s incredibly durable and easy to maintain!

Laminate flooring features

Cost effective, durable and scratch resistant laminate flooring is a favoured flooring material for many customers who are looking for stylish and hard wearing flooring options.

We Supply laminate flooring suitable for the following rooms

Laminate flooring is suitable for any room in your house. Some people prefer to use it in common parts and those rooms where you may want to clear up messy dog paw prints or spilt food quickly and easily, where as others love the effect in their lounge and dining areas. Whatever room you want to use it in, we have a laminate option for you!

Our Laminate Flooring Manafacturers

We only stock flooring choices from brands and manufacturers we trust. We know from experience that great and dependable high quality materials are so important for ensuring that clients get the best possible flooring they deserve. 

By working with the manufacturers who supply us with materials that look great and are hard wearing, allows us to deliver the best possible results in your home.


We know there are other flooring providers out there. However Thames Valley Carpet & Flooring go several steps further in terms of customer service, expertise, and the ability to provide solutions for any and every flooring requirement.

Transform your project today with Thames Valley Carpet Flooring

We are your local, friendly suppliers and Instillation experts for carpet & flooring. Providing a wide range of carpets and flooring to domestic and commercial projects. Our expert team operate across Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey.