Laminate Features & Benefits
Laminate flooring is the newest and hottest trend to hit the residential flooring industry since the early days of linoleum! Simply put, it’s an ultra-durable product that looks like a real wood or stone floor. Laminate offers a variety of benefits, including:
- High UV resistance, blocking the sun’s harmful rays and protecting the floor pattern from fading over time.
- Easy installation.
- Easy repairs, since damaged planks can be replaced without contrasting with the pattern of surrounding boards.
- Easy cleaning, since laminate flooring doesn’t trap dirt. Most spills can be cleaned up with a terry cloth mop or sponge.
- Laminate is made of three basic layers: surface wear layer and pattern, core board, and backing board.
- Laminate planks are installed over foam underlayment and glued or snapped together at the seamed edges where the floors interlock.
- These structural components are covered in more detail below.
Surface Wear Layer
- The surface wear layer is usually made of aluminum oxide with a printed photograph applied to a melamine laminate that provides the floor’s ‘look.’
- Many laminate styles simulate the look of a hardwood or tile.
- Core board is a manufactured, pressed material that varies depending on the manufacturer.
- The pieces of core have the tongue and groove edge applied for a tight, seamless fit when installed.
- As with the core board, the backing board materials vary based on which manufacturer made the particular floor.
- Backing materials range from being a layer made of paper to one made of full plastic laminate.
- Backing board made with plastic may be better to protect against potential water damage than paper.
- Laminate flooring is dent and impact resistant, difficult to stain, and cleans up easily.
- However, laminate is not as resistant to standing water as some other flooring options.
- We do not recommend using laminate in bathrooms.
- Most people select laminate because of its easy care attributes.
- Laminate is a floating floor. Because of this, you may hear a slight tapping echo when you walk on it. Various manufacturers offer acoustical padding designed to muffle this sound.