Once the most popular flooring category, laminate has recently declined in popularity, losing preference to waterproof luxury vinyl plank (LVP). However, traditional laminate still offers some of the most realistic-looking hardwood and stone patterns available. Both durable and stable underfoot, laminate is an easy-to-install option that is still fairly popular in today’s market.
Laminate flooring is manufactured in layers, starting with moisture-resistant “backing” at the bottom. The backing is topped with inner core, typically made from high-density fiberboard reinforced for additional moisture resistance and improved durability. The inner core is coated with the image design layer, where a high-resolution image of stone, metal or wood is applied to give the material a realistic look. The image layer is covered by the wear layer, which protects the design from damage during everyday use.