Laminate flooring is flooring that is similar in appearance to wooden flooring. However, instead of being made of wood, t is composed of either synthetic materials or synthetic materials combined with some natural ones. It is finished with a cover of decorative material. Laminate flooring has three key components, namely core, wear and backer.
The core forms the base of the flooring and it gives flooring resistance and strength. There are different materials used to make the core such as a fiberboard, particleboard or polyurethane foam. Fiberboard and particleboard are made from wood fibers. They are pressed together with glue and are moisture resistant. When there is a leakage in the flooring, the core would have to be replaced. The second component of laminate flooring is the wear layer. It is made up of many layers of craft paper. The craft paper is soaked with phenolic resin and they are pressed together under high pressure and heat. The bottom-most layer is called the backer and is made from craft paper that has been saturated with resin. This bears all the weight on the flooring and needs to be balanced with the wear layer. If the right amount of balance does not exist between the wear layer and the backer, the floor may bend due to weight. When this occurs, the laminate floor needs to be resurrected. This is typically done by a process that involves binding all the layers together and gluing them under high heat and pressure. Laminate flooring is suitable for all the rooms in a house except the bathroom. This is because laminate flooring can be spoiled by moisture seeping into it. In recent times, some manufacturers have developed a moisture-resistant type of laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is an economical way to make floors look tasteful and decorative. Laminate flooring is extremely sturdy and last longer than most other forms of flooring. It is easy to maintain and can be kept clean without much efforts. It is also highly resistant to sunlight, scratches, stains and burns.