The (Four) Layers of Laminate Flooring
Laminate is the result of the fusion of four different layers of material into one versatile, durable flooring product. It’s made up of a combination of wood-based materials, typically configured into the following layers:
- A top wear layer that gives each plank a luster and protection from wear, scratches, UV light and stains.
- A decorative layer featuring a high-quality, photorealistic printed design. This can technically be anything, but typically features an image of traditional natural flooring materials such as hardwood, stone or ceramic tile.
- A high-density core layer that makes up the bulk of the laminate product. This layer is what gives laminate its strength and stability.
- A bottom, backing layer that balances the plank or tile and keeps it straight. This layer also seals the board for moisture protection. This layer is often a built-in substitute for underlayment.