How are Laminate and Hardwood Made

Laminate is an industry made product. It is treated wood but is hugely popular because of it close resemblance to the striking Hardwood Flooring and other natural surfaces.  

Laminate Flooring is Done in Four Steps

  • The Bottom Layer is made wholly of Melamine Plastic Layer. It lends dimensional stability to the used Planks. It also protects, from the moisture present in the sub floor.
  • The next layer is made of High Density Fiberboards. This consists of Melamine Plastic Resin that adds strength to the core by inducing high resistance to moisture.
  • Beneath the top layer is the ornate print layer that gives the look of Hardwood to your floor. It has high photo resolution reproduction of wood grain and natural stone.
  • The double wear layer on the top is for enhanced look and overall protection of the laminate.

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Aluminum Oxide is present between different layers along with Melanin Resin that gives it exceptionally high strength and toughness. It is ready to weather through the umpteen footfalls that will gather.

  • Then comes the driving part of baking all layers in high pressure process.

Hardwood Flooring
There are three types of Hardwood Flooring.

  • Solid- The choice of the tree is based on their natural beauty. With tight grain and fewer knots. These are then used for flooring by making planks.
  • Engineered Hardwood
  • Acrylic Impregnated

Solid –in this the planks are sawn in a way that provides maximum stability.  It is of three cut types used in construction.

  • Flat or Plain Sawn-Most common in vogue. They have many inbuilt natural variations.
  • Quarter Sawn-Cutting the log of wood into quarters. Making stripes of the wood follows to make Hardwood Flooring.
  • Rift Sawn cuts the Wood at different angles. The Hardwood Flooring produced is of a better quality and can sustain better.

Solid Hardwood Planks used widely today comprise of tongue and groove system which locks.  Using this several planks can be “locked” together for a strong joint.

The biggest advantage is that it can be refinished several times. With the best maintenance they can last for generations together.

West Coast Floors present some undeniable options in Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood, Laminates among a vast array of some beautiful Exotic Floorings. Located in Surrey BC they even have a customized approach. Make sure you speak to their consultants to get that apt and wonderful flooring to last many-many years. Called Flooring with Grace.