The vast majority of laminate flooring is decorated with timber grain although there are some boards depicting marble and mineral effects. Whilst laminated paper may not seem to represent a hard wearing choice, laminate boards offer substantial wear guarantees.
Cheap laminate flooring products have been compromised with inferior surface wear layers, both to the top surface and the equally important underside. Lesser quality will likely show wear or chipping, especially to the edges. There will be a substantial price difference between laminate stacked on palettes at DIY warehouses and what a carpet shop will offer.
Professional fitting is approximately equal to the price of the laminate flooring itself so professional installtion ideally suits householders who want quality for longer term installations.