Laminate flooring is made by layering an image, usually of wood grain, over particleboard and applying a clear finish. It usually clips together and floats over the subfloor. No nails or tacks.
You can’t refinish laminate when it wears out. Poorly installed laminate can buckle and gap as it expands and contracts with the seasons. Also, water can get trapped between floor and subfloor.
Lifespan: 15-25 years