Laminate's special construction and durability
Learn about Laminate
Are you looking to add the style and beauty of hardwood to your home but remain concerned about durability? Be sure to stop by Johnson Carpet One in Grandville, MI to check out our selection of laminate flooring. Laminate is made to look like real hardwood (and even stone), but it offers greater wear resistance. How does laminate combine wood looks with increased durability? It features a special layered construction that is pretty much consistent across different manufacturers.
Laminate flooring is made from 4-5 different layers that, when fused together, form rigid and stable planks. The top layer is called the wear layer, and it resists scratches, scuffs, and other blemishes much more effectively than finished hardwood. In fact, with this strong wear layer, laminate will not need to be refinished like hardwood. Underneath the wear layer is the design (or decorative) layer. This layer includes an authentic and high definition wood visual, so the laminate planks look almost exactly like wood planks. And, because of advancements in digital printing, there are seemingly an endless amount of wood styles available, including oak, cherry, and acacia.
The bottom support layers truly set laminate flooring apart from hardwood. These layers, which are called the core and base layers, provide the laminate planks with exceptional strength and dimensional stability. So, laminate planks will never collapse under heavy foot traffic, and they can handle other impacts as well. And, laminate, although it isn’t totally waterproof, is considered water resistant. So, if you live in a home that’s busy with children and pets, laminate flooring is certainly a suitable alternative to hardwood.
As part of our laminate flooring selection, we offer Laminate for Life, which is a Carpet One exclusive brand. In addition, we have popular options such as the Mannington Restoration Collection and Quick Step laminate.