It’s this 4-layered construction that makes laminate floors so remarkably durable.
Transparent, Wear-Resistant Overlay
Transparent Overlay; is Wear-Resistant, stain resistant, as well as resistant
to impacts, scratches, burns and household chemicals.
2. Design Layer
A photographic image of wood, stone or other visual glued to the next layer
– the inner core .
3. Water Resistant HDF Core Board
Offers more strength than a normal chipboard or MDF board. This layer has
a plastic resin for structural strength that keeps the laminate stable and flat
4. Balancing Layer
Creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from Moisture. This
underlayer guarantees a perfectly stable product with no bowing or
collapsing in the center - a problem that's common with competitors'
Laminate wood floors Laminate is durable, cost-effective and comes in a variety of colors, textures and sizes.
To start Laminate wood floors are photographed image with repeating patterns while hardwoods are natural or milled from trees and no one piece is alike. Laminate is limited with less than 20 years while hardwood floors will last 20-100 years depending largely on maintenance, care, and type of style chosen (engineered/solid). Laminate wood is easier to maintain while hardwood floors are harder. Some clean obsessed people complain about the presence of foot prints after cleaning laminate wood. Nowadays, hardwood floor maintenance has improved greatly compared to 20-30 years ago with the emergence of pre-finished wood which does not require waxing the way it used to. Laminate floors cannot be refinished or stained while hardwood floors can be. So in case you decide one day you like a darker stained wood, you cannot apply new finish to laminate while with hardwood it can be done. Laminate floors are more difficult to repair compared to hardwood floors. With laminate, you have to almost remove several planks before you can fix one, but with hardwood, depending on the way they were installed, you can cut one piece with a saw and put in another without removing the other planks. You can attempt to do this with laminate, but it will not look as good in the end.
Finding discontinued flooring with laminate wood is more difficult than that of hardwood floors because some brand lines of laminate will get discontinued and finding the right replacement is tough or, sometimes, impossible. Stock up on extras for future repairs and renovations if you are buying laminate. Laminate woods are fade resistant in general, while hardwood floors will darken or turn amber, depending on the species of wood used. Laminate floors are scratch resistant and more durable than hardwood floors. It's good when you have dogs running around in your house. Also termites do not go for laminate wood, they go for hardwood floors.
Typically, laminate wood is cheaper than hardwood floors. You can install laminate wood in the entire house for half the price it would cost you if you are using hardwood floors. One thing you can consider also is that if you are planning on selling your home in the future, laminate wood cannot increase the resale value of home as much as hardwood does. A house with real hardwood floors can sell faster than a house with similar look using laminate wood. So take this in consideration when budgeting for your floors, you may pay more for a hardwood floor upfront but you will get that back and more when you do sell your house. Laminate doesn't need to be nailed nor glued, and are installed as floating floors, they can sometimes be installed on top of existing floors (except carpet), while with hardwood you have to make sure that you remove the old flooring first.