Laminate is no longer just a counter top material, as it was in the past. With new technology in the manufacturing business, companies have found a way to use this material as an affordable alternative to real wood and other types of flooring. This material is very durable and scratch resistant. Read on and find out if this solution is right for you!
First you need to know what laminate flooring is actually made of. There are several layers to this material, which makes it stronger and more durable.
The top layer (which gives it the strength) is melamine resin. Melamine resin is a durable material used in affordable cabinetry. The resin has been treated with high levels of heat, which in turns gives it durability and scratch resistant properties.
The surface of laminate, the part you can see, is a high quality photograph of a particular type of flooring, most commonly wood. The melamine resin is basically a clear coat that is applied on top of the photograph; which is how it is protected from wear.
The core is typically made of high density fiber board. In most cases there is also a layer of plastic, on the bottom, which helps protect the material from moisture.
There are several styles of laminate flooring you can choose from. Read on to find out which type may be right for you.
Embossed surfaces are raised and resemble tile. Normally they are cut into square or rectangular strips. Generally speaking this type of flooring has a very textured look.
Smooth laminate is a kind of flooring that closely resembles ceramic or marble floors.
Patina is the newest type of laminate flooring on the market. This style tends to look like distressed wood, textured natural stone or antiqued metal.
Distressed laminate is also relatively new on the scene. It usually looks like rough sawn or hand planked wood.
Chances are if you are in need of an attractive floor, which is durable and cost effective; this is the material for you. It is available in so many types and styles that the options are basically endless!