Some Basic Knowledge About Laminate Flooring
Ready to get a hardwood floor but can’t quite match the price tag? Don’t fret; laminate flooring is a great solution. Aside from its durability, this hard-wood look alike is affordable, quick to install, easy to maintain and perfect for residential with children and pets. And laminates are not only great alternatives for hard wood floors but there are also laminates designed to resemble stone and ceramic tiles. All of these designs are curved into different colors, plank widths and different thickness to withstand varying amounts of traffic in a given area. The real clincher however is that laminates are like the gift that keeps on giving. With better technology, new laminate innovations are constantly being generated with better finishes, embossing and durability.
The Origin of Laminate Flooring
Laminates were originally created as cheaper substitutes to hard wood floors. In the 1970s, when laminate flooring was still a niche in the market, most homeowners were satisfied with buying an alternative to hard wood that didn’t carry the same price tag and yet was still highly durable. However, back on those days, homeowners were willing to sacrifice a nice style or finishing for something that wouldn’t leave a dent in their bank account. In those early days, a laminate may have looked like wood but only in a very small sense, one could still tell it apart from actual wood since it was very ‘plastic-y’. However, with improved printing technologies, technicians have been able and still continue to create laminates that look so much like the original hard wood such that it’s easy to fool anyone.
What Is Laminate Flooring Made From?
Laminate flooring is a high-tech flooring material created by assembling and sealing together several materials into layers to create one board. The bottom layer also known as the ‘backing’ is designed to provide stability and is also moisture resistant to ensure that the floor boards do not deform. Then there is the middle layer also known as the core layer which is mostly made out of high density fiberboard reinforced with resin to heighten the floor board’s durability and its moisture resistance. The core primarily supports all the weight brought on from foot traffic and as such affects how durable your floor will be. Next is the decorative layer. This is where a high-tech image of the wood, ceramic tile or stone appears and texture is applied to boost its realistic appeal. Applied on top of the decorative layer is the wear or transparent layer. This layer is treated with coats of aluminum oxide finish making it resistant to fading, scratches, stains and dents from every day wear and tear.
The final component of laminate flooring is the locking system. The laminate floor boards are made in such a way that they can interlock into each other with just a mere click-lock of the joints. This is why laminate floorings are very easy to install since you may never need glue, staples or nails to seal the floor down to the subfloor like you might have to do in case of hard wood floor installation.
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