When it comes to certain types of flooring, customers may not understand all the different jargon that installers and inspectors use. One of the sayings that may seem confusing is when someone says there is a “lack of core bond.” Before customers can understand what that phrase refers to they need to know a little more about how certain types of flooring are manufactured.
Many types of flooring materials are actually a composite of many different layers that work together to create tough, beautiful and versatile flooring. Vinyl, engineered wood, laminate and resilient flooring are just a few examples of layered flooring material that boosts strength and durability without compromising looks. This kind of flooring material is also relatively less expensive than other types of flooring, so customers can enjoy the affordability as well.
For example, laminate flooring generally consists of a stiff bottom layer that is made of special material that is often padded and moisture proof. The next layer is the flexible and strong core. Then, the layer of decorative paper with very detailed printing is fused onto the piece. Finally, the wear layer is a clear, strong material that protects the piece from wear and tear. Normally, these layers stay together tightly and function like one single piece of material, the bonds are that tight. Occasionally, manufacturing errors create problems within those layers.
When a flooring inspector says that there is a lack of core bond, it means that the top veneer layer has de-laminated. In other words, the layers have separated and the integrity of the flooring piece is compromised. Besides looking bad, the lack of core bond can lead to problems with repelling stains and moisture and can even contribute to slip and fall accidents. A flooring inspector is the best person to recognize the problems and recommend a solution.