The 4 layers of laminate
Four layers of flooring material fused into one versatile, durable product that’s perfect for busy families – that’s laminate! It’s easy to install, wears well, and is available in various hardwood, stone, and ceramic tile looks!
Typically, laminate flooring will be made up of multiple layers of wood-based materials, configured into individual planks or tiles. The following four layers are common:
- At the bottom is a backing layer to balance the floor and keep planks or tiles straight while also sealing out moisture. It can be a built-in substitute for underlayment.
- Next, a core layer makes up the majority of the tile or plank. This high-density core provides strength and stability for the floor.
- The third layer is a high-quality decorative layer with a hyper-photorealistic printed design, typically of hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile flooring.
- Finally, the top wear layer on each plank or tile adds luster, texture, and protection from wear, staining, UV rays, and scratches.