Laminate flooring is synthetic flooring material imprinted with the appearance of genuine hardwood floors. Although it gives you the look of real hardwood flooring, there is actually no solid wood used in its construction. Laminate floors are made up of several layers of materials bonded together under high pressure. Most laminate flooring consists of humidity resistant layers under a layer of HDF (high density fiberboard). This HDF is then topped with a high resolution digital image of natural wood flooring available in multiple stains and finishes. It is then finished with an extremely hard, clear resin coating made from special cellulose to protect the laminate flooring and give it a natural shine.
Laminate flooring is perfect for anyone wanting an enduring floor at a fraction of the price and installation time of a natural hardwood floor, but with the desirability of real hardwood. This fabrication process also uses less wood in its construction and makes more effective use of the wood fiber that is used thus making laminate flooring more environmentally friendly.
What are the Primary Differences between Laminate Flooring and Hardwood Flooring?
Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring lend amazing beauty to a home. While hardwood was routinely thought to be the superior choice, several advantages to laminate flooring have emerged.
Distinct differences between the two types of flooring often make laminate a more attractive alternative.
Solid hardwood of any thickness (most is 3/8” to 3/4”) must only be installed above grade.
Laminate flooring has the advantage of being installed above or below grade, and over virtually any other flooring surface.
Some hardwood flooring is engineered, meaning that instead of getting solid hardwood, you’re getting several wood layers with a hardwood veneer.
Laminate flooring, which is usually 7mm to 8mm (5/16” to 3/8”) in thickness, is also made up of several layers. These layers are laminated together, which makes for great stability and strength.
The top surface of laminate flooring is a digital photograph replicated from real hardwood. High quality photographs faithfully reproduce the grain and color of natural hardwood, and the resulting
surfaces once layered onto quality laminate flooring meticulously resemble real wood.
Although many people still insist on hardwood flooring, laminates are a long-lasting, durable, affordable option that is quickly gaining popularity in all types of flooring.