Durability is laminate flooring's strength - It is resistant to scratches, dents and staining.
Jaw-dropping realism of laminate flooring products - makes it hard to distinguish from hardwood
Laminate flooring can be installed over an existing floor - This means more money can be invested into the product rather than the preparation.
What is Laminate Flooring and How Is It Made?
It is an amazing manufacturing process by which four layers are fused together in a single press operation at high heat over 300˚F using direct-pressure laminate (DPL)
construction. DPL is the most typical fusing method used to manufacture residential laminate flooring.
- Backer Paper
- At the base of a laminate flooring plank is a bottom balancing layer that keeps the board straight. The backer seals the back of the laminate board so its dimensional stability isn't compromised in any way, for example moisture.
- HDF Core or Board
- The core layer of our laminate flooring is high-density fiberboard (HDF). Both HDF and MDF (medium-density fiberboard) are made from softwood fibers that are broken
down, combined with a wax and resin binder, and formed into panels using heat and pressure. However, HDF offers superior stability and strength compared with MDF for the
production of laminate flooring; it makes for a better floor.
During the manufacturing process, the HDF core will be milled to absolute, micron-precise tolerances. The edges of each plank will be cut to specific profiles to make them easily and consistently fit together for a snug, reliable installation according to one of four locking systems. The extreme micron-milling precision required for these locking system panel profiles is only possible with an HDF core.
- Decorative Paper
- The decorative paper is a high quality printed design that gives the laminate plank its distinctive appearance. That appearance can be realistic reproduction of wood, stone or marble in a multitude of colours and patterns, as well as such non-traditional designs as leaves or grass, artwork or paint splatters.
- Wear Layer
- Aside from putting the finishing, lustrous touch on every plank, it serves several important functions that enhance the floor's durability:
- The wear layer seals and protects the surface of the laminate floor from everyday minor wear and accidents such as scuffs, scrapes and scratches commonly caused by pet claws, shoes, kids toys, furniture legs and vacuum cleaners.
- It shields the decorative paper layer from harmful ultraviolet rays that could fade the colour.
Here's a review of each of the four layers, starting with the bottom layer.
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