A laminate floor is a type of surface that has the look and feel of expensive hardwood but costs several hundred dollars less. And it’s not just about saving money—it can also be significantly more durable than wood, making it perfect for high-traffic areas with heavy furniture or pets.

Laminate flooring has four layers:

  • A wear layer
  • A design layer,
  • An inner core layer and
  • A backing layer.


The wear layer is the clear top layer. This protects your floor from wear, stains, and fading. The thicker it is, the more resistant to damage you’ll have! Laminate floors are graded under the AC rating system of 1 through 5, with number one being for lower quality materials and number five being the highest grade materials available on the market today. Quality two-or three-laminated wood can be used in a home or residential environment without any worry about durability because they’re plenty strong enough for normal use.

The design layer is the secret to this flooring company’s beauty. It’s a photographic image of wood, stone, brick, or ceramic that lies under the wear layer.

The inner core is a thick, high-density fiber (HDF) that keeps the laminate stable and flat. It is produced under extreme pressure from resins and glues.

There are TWO secrets you must know here:

  1. The HDF fibers have very low thermal conductivity, so they’re great for heat-resistant products like countertops or tiles.
  2. The thickness of the inner layer determines how durable it will be since its main job is to keep everything together—think about this when deciding which product would best suit your needs.

The backing is actually called a sub-floor and it’s important because it creates an invisible moisture barrier against whatever might be on top of your tile or wood laminate surface; paint, for instance, can seep into cracks where water leaks in if not properly sealed with backer board.

In order to find the best flooring for your needs, you need to determine how much foot traffic you want it to withstand. If a room is going to see heavy-duty use at all times, go with something tough like 20 mils in thickness so that it can hold up and take on any type of wear or tear without having an adverse effect. On the other hand, if a space will be used sparingly in terms of workmen coming in and out every day, then 6 millimeters should suffice as this lighter material won’t chip away under pressure from constant contact but still offers some level of protection against everyday spills.

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