Laminate Flooring Construction

Laminate Flooring in Cedar Park, TX

So you may be asking, what is laminate flooring made of? Each plank of laminate flooring has four distinct layers. Combined, the flooring construction creates a solid, durable piece of flooring that not only looks great but also withstands foot traffic, pet traffic, drops, spills, and other abuse.

laminate floor construction
  1. Wear Layer – This is the layer that protects your laminate floors from anything that could take away from the look and feel of the floor, such as stains or fading. It’s a clear topcoat that sits on top of the floor’s design image.
  2. Design Layer – A high-definition printer is used to make stunning, realistic looking designs. The printed-paper sits on top of the inner core to add a beautiful look of hardwood or tile. To create each plank, these four pieces are pressed firmly together. This is done using either direct pressure or high pressure construction.
  3. Inner Core – The inner core is made of wood. It is what keeps your laminate floor so stable and flat. This is the thickest layer. The core is compiled of wood pulp that is adhered together.
  4. Backing – Laminate is not waterproof, but with the backing layer on the bottom of the flooring is moisture resistant. The backing is placed on the bottom to work as a barrier from any excess moisture. This is the layer that lowers the chance for warping from the sub-floor.
  5. Underlayment – An underlayment padding can also be adhered onto the backing layer. Not all laminate floors have attached underlayment, so it can be purchased separately.