What Is Laminate?
The first laminate floor was developed in Sweden, arriving on the market in 1980. This new kind of flooring quickly spread to other countries in Europe. The laminate back then was not of the high quality that it is today – but thanks to on-going developments, by the end of the 1980’s visible advances had been achieved.
Today’s sophisticated looking and very durable laminate is one of the most popular floor surfaces in the world. What has not changed since the 1980s is the composition of laminate flooring. The general construction of laminate floor is composed of three layers.
The top laminate layer consists of an overlay to protect against wear and tear and a design layer, which depending on the production process is made from one or several layers. The surface coating is composed of a special synthetic resin-treated cellulose to give the floor a tough, durable surface. The decorative layer gives the laminate flooring an attractive appearance.
Under the decorative pattern is the high-density wooden composite core (HDF).
At the base on the back of the HDF core you will find a watertight layer that improves the structural stability and serves as a moisture barrier.
All three layers are permanently bonded with resin, heat and pressure.
Especially on the surface, the differences between inferior laminate flooring and high quality European made laminate become clear. In particular for the design: a good quality laminate feels comfortable and demonstrates a very natural-looking structure. At the same time, the high-quality finishing of the laminate provides many advantages.
We hope you have enjoyed the above introduction to the world of a laminate floor.