Laminate flooring is one of the most resilient and durable floor surfaces available. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is very easy to install, requires very little maintenance, and typically remains viable for many years. It also offers the added advantage of being able to simulate a wide variety of natural flooring materials include hardwood planks, and slate and ceramic tiles, providing consumers with the aesthetics of these surfaces at a fraction of the cost.
Laminate is synthetic flooring that is made by fusing several layers of different material together through the use of heat, pressure, and adhesive, in a process known as lamination. Laminate consists of various layers- the Top Wear layer, the Photograph or Decorative Layer, the Fiberboard Core, the Back Layer, and the Underlayment. While laminates are often manufactured to replicate the look of a variety of hardwood surfaces, they actually contain no wood materials. Rather, they are constructed from resins and fiberboard particles.
Laminate flooring is also stain resistant, and mold resistant, which means that it can be used in areas of a home where there is a substantial amount of foot traffic, such as living rooms, hallways, entryways, and dining rooms. There are even options to make it water resistant during the manufacturing process, which allows for certain laminates to be used in kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms.