What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate Flooring is a synthetic product consisting of several
layers fused together in a lamination process.
Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone or other materials)
with a photographic image layer under a clear protective layer.
There are four basic layers to laminate flooring:
1. The bottom layer is called the 'backing.' This layer is
designed to resist moisture from the subfloor below and to provide a solid base
for the image layers above.
2. The middle layer is called the 'inner core.' This layer
is composed of high density fiberboard (HDF.)
Made from wood fiber and infused with resin, HDF is an engineered wood
product that is strong, hard, and dense.
This increases the durability of the product, keeps the laminate board
stable and flat, and it also provides further moisture resistance.
3. The third layer is the 'image' layer. This is where a
high resolution image of wood, stone, metal, or other material is applied. In some products, texture is also available
to produce a more realistic effect.
4. The uppermost layer is the 'wear layer.' This is a durable clear layer applied over
the image to protect it from fading, scratches and damage from the wear and
tear of everyday living.
Laminate flooring was originally created in the 1970s as an
affordable alternative to solid wood planks.
Some early versions of laminate flooring products are responsible for
the unfortunate perception that laminate floors look, feel, or sound cheap or
While this may have been a drawback to this type of flooring
in the past, today with modern manufacturing techniques, advanced printing
technologies, and high definition imagery, laminate flooring manufacturers are
able to produce very high quality products that are able to fool even the most
discriminate flooring experts. Today's
laminate floors are manufactured to look exactly like real wood. They offer the same stain, the same grain,
and some even offer the same textures found in their 'solid wood' counterparts.
Affordable, durable, and stylish, modern laminate flooring
has become the preferred choice for homeowners with busy lifestyles, children,
and/or pets. It is highly resilient and
specifically designed for worry-free living.