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Construction: Laminate flooring is constructed from 4 layers that are fused together
to create 1 extremely durable surface. The four layers are:
Back Layer: the base layer which is made with melamine for structural performance
and moisture resistance. Aluminum oxide is applied to this layer to seal out moisture.
Core Board: made with fiber board to provide impact resistance and stability.
Decorative Layer: This is the layer that provides the design of the laminate. It
is actually a highly detailed photograph of the natural material that the laminate
is designed to replicate.
Wear Layer: Made of melamine, this tough clear finish layer gives the laminate its
durability. It is reinforced with aluminum oxide, one of the hardest compounds known
to man. It resists staining, fading, surface moisture, and wear.
A laminate floor is a floating floor system, which means that the joints between
the boards are either glued together, or are constructed to lock together. It is
not nailed to the subfloor, and is usually installed over a foam underlayment.
Style and Color: Today's laminate flooring is designed to have the look and feel
of their natural counterparts, with textured surfaces which give the floor dimension
at a more affordable cost and easier maintenance. Some of the styles include rustic
hardwoods and natural stone patterns. Laminate flooring usually comes in either
planks or square tiles. When selecting a color remember that lighter colors make
a room appear larger while a darker color create a more intimate feel. Choose a
floor color that will either coordinate or contrast with existing cabinets or furniture.
Upgrading: Ugrading laminate flooring offers a wider selection of styles, textures,
and colors, as well as extended warranties and a more durable product.
Care and Maintenance: Although laminatte flooring is designed to stand up to the
toughest household use, it does require a few important steps to ensure that it remains
looking its best. Vaccuum using a non-beater brush, or dust mop to remove loose
dirt. Clean with a damp mop and a manufacture approved floor cleaner. Take care
not to saturate the floor. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, soap based
detergents, waxes, polishes, or scouring powder, as they may scratch or dull the
floor's surface. Wipe up spills immediately, and do not allow liquids to stand on
the floor for any period of time.