What is Laminate Hardwood Flooring?
Laminate wood flooring has become the most popular alternative to purchasing hardwood flooring. Laminate is not made of actual hardwood material but rather concentrated layers of particle board and fiber fused together. The visual designs of laminate are images printed onto paper, which makes the design options and color options that mimic most costly floors endless.
Laminate floors are considered to be very low-maintenance when compared to tother flooring types such as solid hardwood or bamboo floors. Laminate flooring resists staining, wear and tear, and fading much better than wood while providing the same unique look and appeal. It is also uses less wood in its production, making laminate flooring the most cost-effective way to purchase hardwood flooring.
What material is Laminate Hardwood made of?
Laminate flooring is made up of either synthetic materials (usually melamine resin) or of synthetic materials combined with natural and recycled ingredients and covered with an attached decorative wood applique, including an aluminum oxide finish.
Laminate flooring has a dense inner core and a glued-on layer (or fused layers) of outer material. The surface is a plastic type of composition which is applied to the main core using heat and pressure. The core is usually made of high density fibre or particle board, and the backing can be either a paper layer, or another layer of laminate.
Laminate Flooring: Durability and Resistance
The durability of laminate flooring is another benefit that is far superior to real wood flooring. Laminate flooring resists staining, wear and tear, and fading much better than wood, while providing the same unique look and appeal.
Laminate flooring is approximately fifteen times stronger than hardwood flooring, and most come with a 10 year life guarantee or more. Laminate Floors typically "float" over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which is meant to provide moisture and sound-reducing properties.
Unlike real wood flooring, laminate flooring has a high UV resistance and water resistance which blocks the harmful rays of the sun and protects the design from fading.
Laminate Flooring: Easy Installation
The installation of Laminate Wood Flooring is easy - the pieces snap together without any glue needed, so there is no need to clean up and the floor can be used immediately afetr the installation.
Since laminate floor boards tend to be wider than real wood floor boards, it cuts down on installation time even further - you can enjoy your new beautiful floors in no time!
Laminate Flooring: Best Resale Value!
Laminate flooring can add to the resale value of your home. Most home buyers looking for hardwood floors instead of carpet. Laminate gives you a hardwood look for less and make you home look and feel modern and upgraded.
The visual designs of laminate flooring are printed onto paper,which makes the color and pattern choices virtually unlimited - you can always find the perfect match for any space. Laminate is also environmentally friendly because it uses less if any wood in its construction.
Laminate wood flooring are highly resistant to stains, fading, dents, scratches and water damage looking great for years to come and offering you the best value for your dollar!