Renowned for its tough and durable nature, laminate is traditionally offered as a practical and budget-friendly alternative to real wood.
We carry an extensive collection of laminate wood flooring suitable for most rooms and incredibly easy to install and look after. But what is laminate flooring exactly? Let’s find out.
What Is Laminate Flooring Made Of?
Contrary to popular belief, laminate flooring is not made out of plastic. This composite material is made of multiple layers that are fused together using high heat and intense pressure, and each of these layers serves a distinct purpose.
- The back layer is the bottom layer, and it is responsible for protecting the plank against moisture; it also balances the floor.
- The core layer is above the back layer; it’s a durable, high-density fiberboard (HDF) that protects from indentations and moisture.
- The design layer is above the core layer; it has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance.
- The wear layer is a transparent top layer made of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains, and surface burns.
Where Can You Install Laminate?
Laminate flooring is very durable, making it perfect for those high-traffic areas in your home that are not subject to excessive moisture. You can install wide-plank laminate flooring in living areas, kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms, and hallways. It’s an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around, and with proper care, laminate can look great for many years to come. And it’s also comfortable to walk on.
If you are looking for laminate flooring for your bathroom, at our store, you can also find water-resistant and waterproof laminate flooring that can withstand water. Although it’s not as waterproof as glue-down vinyl plank flooring, it’s more water-resistant than standard laminate.
Laminate floors are always installed as floating floors, and they are effortless for the do-it-yourselfer to install with only basic tools. You won’t need any specialist equipment, glue, or nails.
How to Choose a Laminate Style?
If you love the look and texture of wood, but conventional hardwood doesn’t fit into your family’s lifestyle, and you want something more practical, laminate flooring could be a great fit for you. When it comes to choosing the look of laminate flooring, your options are endless. Due to advances in high-resolution printing, laminate can imitate practically any type of flooring these days.
You can find a laminate option to match nearly any hardwood species, and you can get it in any wood floor color you want. With a wide range available, from rustic laminate flooring in natural oak looks to very contemporary white and grey finishes, this material can make a great addition to your home no matter what your interior style.
If you’re looking to install a laminate floor that provides character and a traditional feel, you may want to consider a design with lots of color variation. And if you prefer a more contemporary look, you should go for a more consistent tone.