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It is the best of many worlds. It installs much like real hardwood since it has a modernized tongue-and-groove style of joining boards. Yet unlike hardwood, which typically requires professional installation, laminate flooring is extremely easy for the do-it-yourselfer to install. Laminate’s top behaves much like vinyl flooring, in that it is perfectly waterproof if tightly seamed. But the similarities end there. While routinely confused with vinyl flooring, laminate is not vinyl flooring even in the slightest because it is made of completely different materials.

Sometimes erroneously called laminate wood flooring, laminate is wood only in two minor respects. First, laminate floor is made of pressed wood. Second, the top only looks like wood (sometimes stone, though) because it is an accurate photograph covered in a clear, durable wear layer. Laminate Flooring Basics

• Materials: Aggregated wood particles are subjected to high pressure to form sheets. These sheets have a photorealistic image of wood or stone added to the top, and this image is covered with a wear layer. The wear layer, a durable, thin, clear plastic sheet, is the linchpin between the delicate lower layers and exterior elements such as moisture, UV rays, and scratching.

Laminate is always installed as a floating floor. This means that it does not have the difficult nail-down installation issues of hardwood or engineered wood. With the floating floor method, you first roll out inexpensive foam underlayment, tape the underlayment together, and then lay out the laminate planks. Because the planks are joined from one piece to the next piece and form a seriously heavy single unit, it cannot slide around.

Laminate flooring planks, depending on the type you buy, are either snapped together or glued together. The snap-together method most commonly used goes under various names such as fold-and-lay or fold-and-lock. Unlike the tongue and groove joinery used with solid hardwood, in which one board slides laterally into the adjoining board, fold-and-lay starts with the two boards attached by outer grooves and angled to each other.

Next, one board is folded down until it is as flat as its companion board. This folding mechanism serves to bring the two boards imperceptibly closer, tightening the bond, and preventing water migration. Laminate Flooring Materials: Base, Image Layer, and Wear Layer

Laminate flooring was invented in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstorp. This firm hit upon the brilliant idea of using up waste wood projects by subjecting those products to intensely high pressure, heat, and binding chemicals, and turning the result into usable floor coverings. Since that time, many other manufacturers such as Dupont, Mannington, Armstrong, and Shaw have begun making laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This top-most surface layer is a hard transparent type of plastic sheet that is impervious to dogs, chairs, high heels, and other common damaging elements.

Under the wood-grain photograph is about a half-inch of wood-chip composite. Any type of wood chip product is inherently susceptible to water damage. Laminate flooring’s base is considered to be dimensionally stable, but only to a certain degree. It will stand up against some water, but only if this water is quickly removed.