What is Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is not made from wood it's actually a photograph of wood sandwiched between a clear melamine resin and a fiberboard backing( H.D.F or M.D.F ), at first glance, it can be difficult to spot the difference between hardwood flooring and laminate flooring.

Laminate Flooring comes in a broad range of wood designs as well as stone and ceramic effects, Offering easy installation and lasting durability it can be floated over a concrete sub floor, it is the perfect solution for the DIY installation. (If you are laying laminate flooring over a concrete sub-floor then you will fist need to lay down a combi underlay which has a built in damp proof membrane). That's why the product, which was first imported from Sweden just 10 years ago, now accounts for about 10 percent of the entire residential flooring market.

Early laminate products were susceptible to scratching and moisture damage, but quality has improved dramatically. If you choose one of our high-quality laminate floors and install it right, many people won't even realize that your floor isn't the real McCoy. The grain looks real, the boards are almost as varied as those found in nature, and the real seams blend in among the simulated ones.  About the only giveaway is the noise the floor makes when you walk on it. It can sound hollow and flat in some large areas, You can alleviate that problem with sound-dampening underlay (sold on this website see accessories, unisound underlay with moisture barrier). With the sound dampening underlay it's very difficult to tell the difference between real wood and laminate flooring when walked on.

All our laminate floors sold on this web site fit together with a click system. You simply click one plank into the grove of another at an angle and press down. The sophisticated click design makes it possible to create a very tight connection during the installation. The floor can be walked on straight away.

So what is it made from?

Laminate flooring is usually made up from different layers.

Wear Layer - The top wear layer is a melamine resin, a highly wear resistant material that makes laminate flooring so hard wearing. This makes the laminate flooring highly resistant to scratches, burns, dent's, stains, and impacts etc.

DPL (Decorative Paper) or HPL (Decorative Paper + Add High Strength Paper)
It is the decorative paper which gives the laminate flooring its individual appearance, ranging from highly authentic wood reproduction, ceramic or stone designs.

Core Layer
This is made up of either high density fibreboard (H.D.F). or medium density  fibreboard (M.D.F)