There are so many different kinds of wood laminate floors, and depending on the location, use and cost, each customer can get the beautiful and durable wood floor they need. One thing that helps flooring installers advise customers properly about which kind of wood floor is best for them is to know about the construction of wood laminate flooring and how it holds up.
How Wood Laminate Is Made
Wood laminate is made by layering different elements together to create a tough, durable and beautiful finished plank that can be installed in the workplace or at a residential home.
Laminate flooring has several different layers:
- Backing—the base part of the plank is very solid and helps support the other layers. It is the stabilizing layer that absorbs much of the pressure from movement above.
- Core—this is where the strength of the flooring comes, and it is usually made of high density fiber.
- Photographic layer—this is essentially a printed photograph of wood that is so lifelike that it’s hard to tell that it is not a real hardwood flooring plank.
- Wear layer—this clear layer is what protects the plank from scuffs, wear and tear. It also allows the beautiful details of the lower layer to be seen.
Laminate wood flooring is popular because it is easy to install, affordable and installs quickly. It is also easy to clean and really makes the space look warm and inviting.
Laminate Wood Flooring and Core Bond
The core bond of the laminate wood is particularly important when it comes to choosing a high quality laminate. The core bond is generally made of high density fiber, which comes in a range of thicknesses and strengths. The thicker the core bond , the more solid the laminate flooring will feel underfoot. It will also be more durable and give the feel of wood without the high price tag. When customers are seeking information about the differences in laminate wood flooring, core bond information can vary widely.