Laminate - Waterproof & Regular
Regular and Waterproof Laminate flooring has become one of the most popular floor coverings in the United States and Europe because of its look, feel, low cost, ease of maintenance, and durability. Laminate floorings are made in many patterns and colors, depicting not only the look and grains of many different species of hardwood, but many designs and patterns of ceramic, porcelain or stone tiles.
Today's laminate floors are manufactured with tongue and groove interlocking system which clicks into position without use of any glue, which makes installation very simple. Laminate floor is installed "floating method" over a layer of attached or separate film and foam which is called "underlayment", over the existing concrete or plywood subfloor, or any flat and level over old vinyl or hardwood floors. The function of the underlayment is to provide moisture barrier, forgive minor imperfections on the subfloor, and also reduce noise.
Waterproof Laminates are great choice for all over the home, especially wet areas of home such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Laminate floors are constructed with four main components that are bound together:
Wear layer which is a melamine tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide, one of the hardest manmade mineral compounds to resist staining, fading, surface moisture and wear.
Design layer which is the floor's beauty, the decorative layer is actually a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile.
Core, which is a combination of particle board and melamine, or in case of waterproof laminates Stone Plastic Component (SPC) or Wood Plastic Component (WPC) that provides impact resistance and stability
Back layer - which is a reinforced sheet with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance.
Carpet Depot carries products of many laminate floor manufacturers.
Some other characteristics of laminate floors are:
Extreme durability and stain resistant which makes it possible to simply wipe off spills such as nail polish, grease and sauces.
The unsightly gaps at the joints of planks are simply eliminated by tongue and groove interlocking system.
Laminate floors may be disassembled and reassembled in other areas.
Laminate floors may be walked on immediately after installation.