Laminate floors, sometimes referred to as floating wood tile, are synthetic flooring the mimics the look of wood, metal or stone. Laminate is composed of multiple layers heated and pressed together. The beauty comes from a photographic layer protected on top by a thin and tough clear coating, all are supported by thicker layers of plastics, resins, wood and fibers. Laminate is easy to install making it a popular DIY project. But hiring a contractor to install laminate floors will help you avoid the headache and possible mess-ups. If you do hire, consider getting three estimates to ensure a competitive price in your area.