Laminates today come in a huge variety of colours and styles that will give your home that rich and beautiful look of wood, but at a much more reasonable price. In fact, there is probably no product which offers a greater range of flexibility in styles, colours, and designs when considering interior décor.
Laminate flooring is made up of many layers.
The top layer is the overlay. It is a clear melamine layer which protects the floor from wear and tear.
Below that is the decorative laminate layer. This is the layer which contains the pattern of the floor – generally a hardwood pattern.
The inner layer is comprised of a high-density fibre (HDF) board, particle board or plastic. It is usually impregnated with melamine resin to improve durability and water resistance.The bottom layer is the backing, and is another melamine layer designed to give additional structural durability and moisture resistance.
No other flooring offers the warmth and beauty of wood
Engineered flooring is constructed from several wood plies that are glued together. The centre core is generally a softer wood material and is used to make the tongue and groove. A hardwood finish layer is glued on top of the centre core and another softer wood ply is attached underneath the core. It is this construction method which gives engineered flooring it stability. This stability allows the floor to be installed as a floating floor directly onto concrete or timber subfloors
Solid wood floors are machined from one piece of timber and are available in a range of widths and thickness’s. With the demand for hardwood flooring growing manufacturer’s are improving their ranges to meet this demand with better quality finishes and construction. Most now come factory prefinished with either an lacquer or oil. Most solid wood flooring has to be installed either by secret nailing or fully glued to the subfloor.