Understanding laminate flooring
Today’s laminate looks so realistic, you might find yourself asking, “Is it laminate…or is it hardwood?”
It’s laminate, all right—the stylish result of continuing breakthroughs in modern technology and manufacturing methods. Some styles convey the authentic look of wood or the classic appeal of ceramic tile.
Various shades and finishes allow you to choose the wood look down to the species, and now laminates are mimicking hardwood even more. Some laminates offer beveled, distressed, and highly textured options—giving your laminate floor not only the look of hardwood but the feel of it, too.
Laminates are inherently eco-friendly because they use fewer resources and far less wood in their manufacture. And because they’re durable—some styles even offer 25-year warranties—you don’t have to replace laminate floors as often.
Versatility in layers
Each laminate plank consists of four layers. The backing layer is first, and it adds stability, balance, and moisture resistance.
The core board is next, which is the bulk of the whole plank. It is typically made from a high-density material that adds strength to the plank.
The photographic image decorative layer is third. This image is a high-quality print of just about any flooring material, from stone to ceramic tile to genuine hardwood.
The last piece is the wear layer. This final layer helps the plank resist scratching, wear, sun damage, and stains.