Thickness is measured in millimeters (mm) and is the one of the key characteristics in differentiating laminate flooring types . The most popular thickness levels are 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm.
The more stable the subfloor, the thinner the laminate flooring you need. Thicker laminate flooring is best suited for areas where there may be as wood subfloor, slight unevenness or where sound is a factor, such as in homes or small offices.
If you’re installing in an area with built-ins, doors, cabinets or appliances, it will be important to measure how much space you have between the subfloor and the object, especially if movement of a door is needed. Also, be sure to confirm if the laminate has attached padding and if this is included in the thickness. Generally the product will list the plank thickness, plus the padding. If you are purchasing underlayment separately, be sure to factor in the thickness of the plank plus the underlayment.