Laminate wood construction is made of four layers of materials, that when fused together create beautiful durable floors.
Wear Layer – A clear top layer that provides resistance to stains fading and scratches.
Design Layer – A high resolution, highly-detailed photographic image that realistically captures the look of genuine wood.
Inner Core – High density fiberboard (HDF) made from wood fibres fused with resin. HDF is an engineered wood product that’s strong , hard and dense and keeps the laminate board stable flat and moisture resistant.
Backing – A moisture barrier backing that protects the floor from warping.
Laminate flooring is a highly popular product at the moment as improvement in technologies means that laminate flooring looks and feels like solid wood flooring but at a fraction of the price! Market leaders such as QuickStep have designed a unique fitting system called Uniclic that increases the strength and durability of laminate flooring even further. Laminate flooring is refered to as a floating floor as it requires no glue or nails to install. It is held in place by the tongue and groove locking systems on the planks and laid on a specially designed laminate flooring underlay which is designed to reduce movement and noise in the floor. Sub floor preparations are not required for this product due to the installation method.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered hardwood is a versatile alternative to solid hardwood. Unlike solid hardwood, which is one piece of wood millled from a tree, engineered wood flooring is actually made up of several wood plies (layers) that are fused together under heat and pressure. The finishesd surface of an engineered wood floor consists of a thick layer of solid hardwood that shows all the natural beauty of the selected wood species. Below this layer is an inner core of high denisty fiberboard (HDF) layers followed by a hardwood backing. These bonded layers create a board with enhanced structural integrity. Wood planks come in a variety of widths some are less than 3 inches but other are as wide as 5 inches ( the wider planks show off the character of the wood grain better than the narrower planks do) The size of the plank makes a big difference in the overall look of your room . Narrow planks are typical for a room with a more formal traditional style. While wider planks convey a more casual relaxed atmosphere. Wide planks are popular right now for contemporary rustic or urban settings.