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What is Laminate Made Of?

Nov 06, 2017

What is laminate flooring made of, and is it plastic? Those are the top questions that we get asked when it comes to laminate, and we are here to set the record straight.

Is Laminate Flooring Plastic?

Contrary to popular belief, laminate flooring is not made out of plastic. In the early years laminate looked as if it were made of plastic, due to appearance and design being sacrificed for affordability. Now, due to innovative manufacturing, laminate looks as if it is solid hardwood or stone, but is much more affordable.

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What is Laminate Made Of?

Laminate flooring is actually constructed of 4 layers; wear, design, core, and the back layer. Each layer serves a distinct purpose. Below is a break down of these layers.

  • Back Layer: bottom layer; responsible for protecting the plank against moisture, and balances the floor
  • Core Layer: above the back layer; is a durable, high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture
  • Design Layer: above the core layer; has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance
  • Wear Layer: top layer; is a clear layer that is made of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains, and surface burns

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How Durable is Laminate?

Laminate flooring offers high-performance durability in your home thanks to its multiple layers. Laminate’s durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile Pros & Cons

Oct 17, 2017

One of the most common questions that we get asked is what exactly is luxury vinyl tile? Luxury vinyl tile is a durable, easy to maintain, water resistant flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone, but clocks in at a fraction of the price. Luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT, is constructed of multiple layers that add to the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this highly sought out flooring option.

There will always be both pros and cons to any type of flooring based on your lifestyle and family needs, but we are confident that luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for all types of families and lifestyles.

Bathroom with luxury vinyl tile flooringPros of Luxury Vinyl Tile

  • Ease of Installation

Different brands of luxury vinyl tile install differently, regardless of the brand, installation will be incredibly easy. Some brands of luxury vinyl tile will use glue or grout, while others lock together or have peel-off backing. Whichever brand of luxury vinyl tile you use, you can have peace of mind that with it comes the ease of installation.

  • Carefree Maintenance & Overall Durability

As mentioned above, luxury vinyl tile is comprised of multiple layers in which there is a clear top layer over the design that protects the floor from scratches, stains, and fading. Clean up is easy, as you can wipe away scuff marks and spills with a damp paper towel. Luxury vinyl tile stands up to moisture, heavy household traffic, children, and pets, making it incredibly easy to maintain the look and lifespan of your floors.

  • High-Fashion Design

With innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl tile offers your home a luxurious appearance with comfortable foot cushioning-resilience. Thanks to its high-fashion designs, luxury vinyl tile is ideal for both formal and casual settings, making it popular in kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and dens.

Living room with luxury vinyl tile flooring

Misconceptions of Luxury Vinyl Tile

  • The Design Will Wear Off

A majority of people believe that the design of the floor will wear off from foot traffic, but that’s simply not true. As a result of the design being on a layer that is protected by the wear layer, luxury vinyl tile is actually resistant to scuffs and scratches.

  • Luxury Vinyl Tile Lacks Design Depth

People think that the design of luxury vinyl tile is printed flat and lacks texture, but because of innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl tile actually offers visual depth to its design.

  • Luxury Vinyl Tile Is Laminate

This misconception is simply false. Laminate is a product of recycled hardwood, making it not waterproof, whereas luxury vinyl tile is a synthetic product that is both waterproof and scratch resistant.

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