What is Laminate?

What exactly is laminate flooring?
NALFA Certified laminate flooring is comprised of a hybrid of materials fused together through a unique lamination process.

A. A transparent, protective wear layer is highly resistant to dogs, cats, chairs, and even high heels.

B. The decorative layer provides a high definition, highly detailed image. Today’s laminate flooring manufacturers have the technology and capability to realistically simulate everything from hardwood to marble to stone.

C. A high-density fiberboard core (or HDF) offers impact resistance, stability and long-lasting durability.

D. A layer comprised of melamine resin offers additional structural stability and moisture resistance.

E. Underlayment (which may or may not be built into the laminate floor product) is a requirement for any installation. It’s helpful in absorbing some of the minor imperfections in the sub-floor, reducing some noise when walking on the floor, and softening some of the impact. Some underlayments also offer a moisture barrier on one side, which is a good idea for bathroom and wet area installations.

Laminate flooring is easy to install because it requires no glue or fasteners to the subfloor. Instead, it uses a lock and click installation method and“floats” above the subfloor, allowing it to expand and contract with the natural temperature and humidity changes in your home.

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