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Laminate flooring is made up of three main components which are bonded together. The wear-resistant surface is made of a durable melamine laminate and bonded to a wood-based (HDF) substrate. The laminate itself is a combination of several different layers merged together under heat and high pressure.

Laminate floors are incredibly durable, easy to care for and come in a wide variety of realistic stone and wood flooring designs. If you love the look of real hardwood but are concerned with the upkeep, then laminate flooring could be the answer.

Why Choose Laminate?

Laminate Flooring mimics the look of traditional woods while offering easy installation and lasting durability. A wear-resistant decorative surface made of resin-based melamine makes the floor extremely difficult to stain, scratch, or burn with a cigarette. Laminate flooring is a floating floor, which means it does not fasten directly to the sub-floor. Instead the planks are clicked together. This enables the floor to be fitted fast and with no real mess.

What Are Laminates Made From?

1. Overlay (Wear Layer)
The top wear layer is provided by the melamine resin, a highly wear resistant material that makes it so hard wearing. This top layer is very similar to the top layer on counter or kitchen work tops but is usually around 40% stronger. This makes the floor highly resistant to scratches, burns, dent’s, stains, etc.

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

3. Core layer
This is made up of either high density fibreboard (H.D.F.). or medium density fibreboard (M.D.F.) This is saturated in resins to make it extremely hard. Most manufactures also add a moisture resistant resin to the core. This is important as it helps keep the flooring protected against moisture penetrating the boards.

4. Stabilizing layer
The bottom layer is the stabilizing layer; this is what gives the laminate flooring its stability. It is made up of moisture resistant resins

Stuart Aston Carpets offers many ranges of laminate flooring and a fully guarnteed fitting service which is second to none.

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