What is Laminate?
Often made with materials that are recycled, laminate flooring is created without the harvesting of rare trees. Easy to install, clean and maintain laminate is an exceptional flooring product that is praised for its durability and its resistance to fading and staining. Rated for their ability to withstand heavy usage, laminate is compared on a system of AC ratings. To learn more about AC ratings, click here.
How is Laminate made?
Laminate is designed with four separate layers. The bottom layer called the backing which is made to moisture which can otherwise warp and damage laminate material. Above the backing is the inner core which is made from high-density fiberboard and reinforced with special resin. Similar to the backing, the inner core protects from moisture while also improving durability. Before the final wear layer, the decorative layer houses the design and image of the laminate floor. It’s this layer that will be on display for its beauty. Lastly the top layer is called the wear layer. Typically made from aluminium oxide, the wear layer is crucial to resist fading, scratching and damage that arises from everyday use.
Benefits of Laminate
Do It Yourself
A beautifully engineered snap and lock system has made installation light and breezy for Laminate flooring. With intuitive grooves that click together over the base of your installation, laminate flooring to be installed over top of Hardwood, plywood, concrete or Vinyl Surfaces.
Easy to Clean
Even with a large amount of foot traffic it is not difficult to clean and maintain laminate flooring. Laminate is ideal in areas expected to see a lot of people as it the product is well regarded for its friendly, inviting and pleasant exterior look. For tips on how best to clean laminate flooring, Armstrong helped to create a very informative video tutorial.
Laminate's strong four layer system means the product is extremely durable even in the case of extreme pressures. Laminate is so tough in fact that a typical laminate floor is able to withstand over 1,200 lbs of pressure per square inch. Similar to Hardwood, Laminate floors are known to be able to last for decades prior to the need for change.
Cost Efficient & Hypoallegenic
Often looked at as a cheaper alternative to Hardwood, Laminate offers a similar look and durability to its Hardwood counterpart at just a fraction of the hardwood price. Additionally, the wear layer of laminate leaves the floor well protected against harboring dust, pollen and other debris. If you're looking for a cheaper flooring alternative, that offers protection from the bacteria look no farther than Laminate.