Laminate flooring is created when four layers (a bottom layer, fibreboard core, decorative layer and tread layer) are synthesized into one extremely dense surface. Laminate floors are designed to resemble a variety of materials, such as hardwood, stone and tile. Unlike solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, laminate flooring is rarely comprised of any wood. Instead, it consists of melamine and fibreboard, which makes it extremely durable. Thicker laminates also generally indicate a more durable, comfortable product. (add laminateexp.gif)
Laminate flooring is light, durable and can resemble any number of expensive flooring materials, from hardwood to natural stone. It’s easy to install thanks to interlocking pieces that “float” over sub-floors and is moisture-, stain- and scratch-resistant. The versatility of laminate means it can be used in almost any location – on, above or below grade.