In our previous blog post, The Difference Between WPC, SPC, LVP, and Laminate, we discussed the key attributes of four popular flooring choices. To help consumers learn even more about their flooring products, we are going to dive deeper into the floors’ different characteristics and uses. Today, we are going to focus on laminate flooring.
Laminate is a popular flooring choice amongst consumers. Its inexpensive nature matched by wood-like look makes it a top contender for homeowners. While homeowners love incorporating laminate in their hallways, foyers, and family rooms, there are key characteristics that set this flooring apart from the rest of the products we previously mentioned. Let’s take a look at laminate’s characteristics.
Laminate is composed of four layers: the wear layer, the design layer, the core layer, and the back layer:
- The Wear Layer: The top, clear layer that helps add durability.
- The Design Layer: The actual design you see when you think of laminate floors (i.e. wood-like look). This layer is composed of a high-resolution photograph.
- The Core Layer: Underneath the design, you will find the core layer that helps add extra durability.
- The Back Layer: The last layer that helps protect the floor from moisture as well as balances out the construct.
The layers are then combined through the use of intense heat and pressurization.
One of homeowners top priorities, when it comes to flooring, is the amount of durability it provides. While not as durable as some of its flooring counterparts, laminate does provide extra durability through its scratch- and fade-resistant properties. Not to mention, laminate is extremely easy to clean, which saves the homeowner time. Additionally, laminate can be an excellent choice for households with pets and child since it provides scratch-resistance. You will also find that laminate has some water-resistant properties. While not recommended for high-moisture areas, laminate can be installed in areas that will see little moisture.
Since creating laminate is easy and the materials are inexpensive for the manufacturer, laminate is an affordable alternative to hardwood floors. Its high-resolution photograph layer can give homeowners the design they desire for a fraction of the price.
Your flooring choice does not end at laminate. Be sure to check back next week, where we will focus on another popular choice: Luxury Vinyl Planking. Thanks for reading!