Laminate Flooring - How It's Made

A guide to how laminate flooring is made

A history of laminate flooring

Laminate Flooring - How It's Made.

Laminate Flooring – A Modern Day Marvel

Laminate flooring has come a long way over the last 2 decades. It has gone from being an obvious, low-quality wood or stone substitute to one that is almost impossible to separate from look alone. In fact, laminate flooring not only looks like many of the organic flooring options available but also feels like them. So, how exactly is laminate flooring made, and where are the best places to use it?

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Laminate Flooring Manufacturing Process

Laminate is made up of several elements that all come together to create a realistic and unique looking flooring option that is economical and easy to install. The base of the flooring comprises of fibre elements and resin that create a durable and flexible base for the upper layers to be affixed to.
Once the base layers have been created, the next step is the application of the photographic applique layer. The photographic applique layer is a high definition image of the material that the laminate is mimicking. For the majority of the time, this will be wooden flooring, although, it is also common to have stone and tile flooring effects too.

Once the photographic applique layer has been printed and fused to the base, the clear top layer is then applied. The top layer is usually press finished to create the 3D look and feel of the material that the flooring is styled on. This oftentimes makes the flooring indistinguishable between true hardwood and stone flooring, and laminate flooring

Best Places To Use Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is so durable and easy to install that it can be used in just about any room in the home. The most popular places to use it are in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and on the stairs. It resilience against water and oil makes it perfect for use in kitchens and provides an easy to clean yet long-lasting finish.

Using laminate on stairs has become an extremely popular practice due to its ease of installation, making it a quick and easy way to add a luxurious finish to them. Bathrooms will always be a perfect choice for laminate as the waterproof and synthetic nature of laminate prevents rot and mildew growth.

Laminate flooring is the ideal choice for those looking for a superior finish on a budget. Compared to traditional organic flooring, laminate flooring can provide savings of up to 70% while retaining the look and feel of true solid hardwood and stone flooring.

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