When many people think of laminate flooring, they might think of it as a cheap, fake alternative to hardwood floors. Why is that though? Why does the general public assume that laminate is not suitable for their home?
These days, modern laminate flooring is the exact opposite of “cheap”. Not only is it durable, waterproof, and reliable, but many options are also uncanny to real wood. Technology has truly changed the look and feel of laminate over the last 20 years.
To really appreciate its current appeal, let’s step back and experience the evolution of laminate.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is made of multiple layers, starting with a dense fiberboard core that holds the plank together. A backing layer is typically attached to resist moisture, a top image is printed to give the look of real wood, and finally, a wear layer tops the planks for scratch and fade resistance.
Laminate also utilizes the click-lock system, which allows the planks to float on the subfloor. This eliminates the need for glue, nails, staples, and other adhesive materials, making it a cost-effective option for many families.