Laminate flooring is a synthetic product, designed to mimic the look of natural wood, stone or tile. To manufacture laminate, four layers of different material are fused together, creating a versatile, durable product. The process begins with a bottom layer, designed to stabilize the flooring and resist moisture. Next comes a high-density fiberboard for the core, providing stability and impact resistance. The third layer consists of a detailed image which, with modern technology, can look like realistic wood grain or stone finish. The final layer is a protective one, helping to prevent scratches, gouges and stains. These layers are fused together with high temperatures and pressure, resulting in laminate planks or tiles. Laminate is an exceptionally easy product to install, using a “lock and click” installation method and “floating” above the subfloor, often requiring no glue, nails or staples to hold it down.
With each type of flooring, there are advantages and disadvantages. There are also implications for where flooring can be installed. We encourage you to speak with a flooring expert at Angel Fire Flooring to learn more about the laminate flooring options available, and what would be best for you.