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What is Laminate Wood Flooring?

Here’s the surprising answer to the question: what exactly is laminate wood flooring?

When homeowners ask “what is laminate wood flooring?” they’re surprised to discover that laminate flooring actually has a layered construction for durability and comes in stylish designs that capture the looks and textures of real wood.

Laminate wood construction is made of four layers of materials, that when fused together, create durable, beautiful floors.

  • Wear layer – A clear, top layer that provides resistance to stains and fading
  • 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 fibers 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 Wood Looks

If you’re looking for a wood floor, but your budget won’t stretch for it, consider a laminate floor with a wood look. With today’s technologies, laminate wood floors are manufactured to look like exactly like real wood. They offer the same stain, the same graining – and even the same texture, as with our hand-scraped products like Acacia from the Timber Inspirations collection or Brushbox from the Forest Select collection.

Laminate Wood Installation

Laminate is fast and easy to install because it requires no adhesives or nails. Instead, laminate uses a lock-and-fold installation method that’s popular with DIYers. Laminate flooring installation is possible in any room, even moisture-prone basements and bathrooms.

When you pause to ask exactly “What is laminate wood flooring?” you’ll find a highly durable floor offered in a wide variety of realistic wood looks – and at an affordable price you’ll be happy to bring home.

Choosing the best laminate flooring for a room is more than a matter of looks. When you go floor shopping, keep in mind the differences a thicker board can make in your home, and maybe you’ll find that 12 mm laminate flooring is the right choice for you.