Laminate flooring is a cost effective alternative to hardwood and ceramic flooring, easy to install, Resistant to stains, scratches, dents and cigarette burns, a good quality laminate flooring can last up to 25 years.

Due to the extremely resistant nature of laminate flooring, it makes the perfect flooring solution for high traffic and activity areas like family rooms, hallways and basements.

How Laminate Flooring is Made

Laminate Flooring is made of 4 layers:

  • Backing Layer: The bottom material that provides strength and stability to the laminate board.
  • Core Layer: The central layer of a laminate floor board that is the structural element supporting the weight and stresses of foot traffic. Made with high-density fiberboard (HDF), but sometimes is made from particle board or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
  • Decorative Layer: the name given to the photo rendering of the design which is made to mimic the surface of a natural material.
  • Wear Layer: a resin-based coating designed to resist abrasion and typically made up of several coats of melamine or aluminum oxide which protects the floor from stains, fading and wear.

Sheets of laminate flooring are made by fusing these four layers together at over 600 pounds of pressure per inch at temperatures of around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the direct-pressure laminate process the decorative covering layer and stabilizing layer are pressed onto the core layer.

General Maintenance

Must be replaced when worn or severely damaged. Sweep or vacuum using the wand attachment, then follow with recommended floor care products. For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge. Allow time for floor to dry after washing.  Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet. Do not use soap-based detergents as these may leave a dull film on your laminate floor. Do not ever use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor.  Do not wax or polish your floor.

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