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What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate Flooring is a synthetic product consisting of several layers fused together in a lamination process.  Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone or other materials) with a photographic image layer under a clear protective layer.

There are four basic layers to laminate flooring:

1. The bottom layer is called the 'backing.' This layer is designed to resist moisture from the subfloor below and to provide a solid base for the image layers above.

2. The middle layer is called the 'inner core.' This layer is composed of high density fiberboard (HDF.)  Made from wood fiber and infused with resin, HDF is an engineered wood product that is strong, hard, and dense.  This increases the durability of the product, keeps the laminate board stable and flat, and it also provides further moisture resistance.

3. The third layer is the 'image' layer. This is where a high resolution image of wood, stone, metal, or other material is applied.  In some products, texture is also available to produce a more realistic effect.

4. The uppermost layer is the 'wear layer.'  This is a durable clear layer applied over the image to protect it from fading, scratches and damage from the wear and tear of everyday living.

Laminate flooring was originally created in the 1970s as an affordable alternative to solid wood planks.  Some early versions of laminate flooring products are responsible for the unfortunate perception that laminate floors look, feel, or sound cheap or 'plastic-y.' 

While this may have been a drawback to this type of flooring in the past, today with modern manufacturing techniques, advanced printing technologies, and high definition imagery, laminate flooring manufacturers are able to produce very high quality products that are able to fool even the most discriminate flooring experts.  Today's laminate floors are manufactured to look exactly like real wood.  They offer the same stain, the same grain, and some even offer the same textures found in their 'solid wood' counterparts.

Affordable, durable, and stylish, modern laminate flooring has become the preferred choice for homeowners with busy lifestyles, children, and/or pets.  It is highly resilient and specifically designed for worry-free living.