Laminate flooring is hard surface flooring utilizing a fiberboard core and Melamine wear layer. Laminate belong to a type of flooring referred to as a floating floor. This means that the laminate is installed without attaching it to the sub-floor via glue, nails, or staples. It floats above the existing sub-floor.
Most dry, stable sub-floors can serve
as the base for a floating floor;
however, carpet may not be used, as it
does not offer the necessary support
for a floating floor system. Laminate
floors have protective layer for wear
It’s designed to enhance the beauty, warmth and style of your home with a wide variety of beautiful styling, textures and colors to choose from. Abrasion and indentation resistant, high heels are no problem. It is easy to clean and never needs waxing. Laminate flooring is resistant to scratching and scuffing and it won’t fade or change color from sunlight.
The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor.
Laminate flooring offers a wide selection of
designs that offer the look and feel of beautiful
hardwood, ceramic tile, and slate. They are
actually several different layers of various
materials that are pressed together to form each
plank. The planks have tongue and grooved
edges on all 4 sides to secure the planks
together. Most laminate floors use some sort of
glue less locking system, often referred to as
Click floors. For more realism several laminate
manufactures are now offering a micro-beveled
edging on certain styles.
Backing: is usually a melamine plastic layer for structural stability and moisture resistance.
Core: generally made from high-density fiber board, particle board or plastic provides impact resistance and stability.
Decorative layer: Which gives the floor the appearance of wood or tile.
Wear layer: The melamine wear is a tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide. Using heat and pressure the wear layer becomes an incredibly hard, durable finish and stain resistance.