Laminate Wood Flooring like that from www.irwintiles.ie/wooden-flooring/laminate-flooring is incredibly popular in interior design. It can be used to bring elegance and a sense of style to almost any room. More and more people are opting for this type of flooring instead of carpet. It is hard wearing and easy to clean and has a longer lifespan than most carpet types, as long as you look after it.
Laminate flooring is made by fusing together four layers of materials – hence the word laminate. In order for the four distinctive layers to be fused together, temperatures of over 150 degrees celsius are used along with pressure to join the layers together.
The four layers include the following:
Backing layer – this is the layer that allows the window planks to retain their shape and keeps the board straight. This is the layer where the stability of the product is created. There are a number of different backing layer materials that are used and they can be found in different thicknesses.
Core layer – this is usually made up of a fiberboard that is either in high or medium density. Again this core layer helps to add strength to the planks and reinforces the backing layers stability.
Decorative layer – this is the layer where the colourings and patternings of the wood effect or other decoration is placed on the previous two layers.
Overlay layer – this is the protective coating that is placed over the decorative layer and protects it from wear and tear and staining.