Get the complex, natural aesthetics of real wood at an affordable price without compromising strength or durability.
Many options are water-resistant
Superior protection against scratches and dents
Quick, easy installation options are available with select products.
How to Buy Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a composite flooring material that is designed to look like genuine hardwood or stone, but is comprised of four layers of materials that provide additional strength, rigidity, and protection against damage.
There are generally four distinct layers in laminate flooring: the wear layer, the design layer, the inner core, and the backing layer.
The wear layer is the clear, topmost layer that takes the brunt of the scratches and dents. Aptly named, it is designed to weather the foot traffic, pet claws, furniture, or any other items that come into contact with the floor.
The design layer is underneath the wear layer, and it provides the visual aesthetic for each plank of laminate. Laminates come in a variety of styles, ranging from realistic hardwoods, to natural stone and more exotic looks. Modern laminates come in a variety of textures to look as realistic as possible – some products even include the knotting that is characteristic of real hardwood! This layer is vulnerable to damage, so a quality wear layer is particularly important to protect your investment.
The inner core is the largest component, providing stability, toughness, moisture resistance and sound absorption. The composition of the inner core differs based on the product line and manufacturer. While unseen, making sure that you get the right inner core for your home environment is critical because it is an important factor in the overall life of your floor.
The backing layer lies at the bottom of laminate, and it “balances” the other layers. This ensures that the laminate doesn’t warp or change shape over time (through normal use).
Design: Laminate Flooring
Embossing is a set of techniques designed to texture surfaces. The effect that embossing has on its look and feel should not be understated. Modern laminate flooring fixes the problem of looking “flat” by embossing textures into the surface. While the effect is difficult to see (and certainly can’t be felt!) in photographs or video, the difference is abundantly clear when seen in person. Visiting a flooring showroom or having flooring samples brought to your home are not just recommended, but a MUST to fully experience the impact of an embossed flooring.
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