Laminate flooring can be the best choice for active, growing kids. Laminate floors are made in one of two ways and range in strength and durability. Higher quality laminate flooring that can withstand commercial foot traffic with less damage is referred to as high-pressure laminate (HPL). The weaker forms of laminate flooring are made with a direct pressure process, or DPL.
High pressure laminate and direct pressure laminate are similar in that they contain 4 layers: core layer, backing layer, wear layer and decorative layer. The difference between HPL and DPL is that in HPL each layer is treated separately then fused together directly to the core with high heat and pressure. High-pressure laminate is strong enough to handle a high level of kid wear without damage. Installing laminate floors can be relatively easy if you have the proper equipment and detailed instructions. Plus, you can install laminate floors in kids' rooms, living rooms and anywhere else your kids like to play.
Laminate floors can be made to look and feel just like the type of floor you like, and often for less cost of those materials. Now you can have those hardwood floors you love without having to worry about denting or dinging the surface. Laminate flooring can also be textured for increased slip resistance. This is an ideal characteristic for kids who are prone to falls and those just learning to walk.