Laminate Flooring for your Indianapolis Home
Laminate Flooring is a Popular Choice for Indianapolis Homeowners
Laminate flooring is a popular choice that duplicates the beauty, warmth and textures of natural wood and stone for a fraction of the price. It is a flexible material that can be installed on all grades, including below grade or in basements. The durability is also a big draw, making laminate flooring practically impervious to high traffic, high heels, pets and more.
Although this type of floor can look like wood, stone, brick or virtually any texture, it is made up of several wood byproduct and/or plastic resin materials bonded together under high pressure.
Acclaim – 2 Plank Barnwood Oak
Acclaim – 2 Plank Blonde Acacia
Acclaim – 2 Plank Natural Merbau
Acclaim – 2 Plank Cafe Chic
Acclaim – Single Plank Honey Nut Oak
Bayview – Rustic Suede Hickory
Beckenham – Antique Barn Oak Plank
Beckenham – Bright Maple Plank
Beckenham – Burnished Oak Plank
Beckenham – Smoked Oak Plank
Benton – Auburn Oak
Cornwall – Aged Bark Oak
There are normally three or four layers that make up the product.
- The balancing layer – Backing or bottom that acts as a moisture barrier and stabilizes the board to prevent warping. Backing can range from paper to full plastic laminate, which will have an impact on the price of your floor.
- The inner or center core – Formed with plastic resin or smooth, high-density fiberboard or particleboard, adds further moisture resistance, stability and impact resistance. The inner core forms the tongue and groove locking system.
- The design layer – Includes a photographic simulation of wood, stone, brick or virtually any texture.
- The wear layer – Clear, protective topcoat that protects the floor from fading, scratches and stains making it virtually indestructible.
How Laminate Flooring is Made
There are two types of laminate floor manufacturing, Direct Pressure and High Pressure lamination. Both manufacturing processes involve intense heat and pressure to accomplish its hallmark levels of strength and durability:
High Pressure Laminate subjects the entire inner core material to heated laminate. As the core material passes through the laminating machine, laminate is applied using more than 1,000 pounds per square inch of pressure at over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This results in a scratch- and dent-resistant material. Because it’s a more complicated process that adds additional strength and durability, it is also a more expensive product.
Direct Pressure Laminate is created a section at a time under significantly lower pressures and temperatures. Both the core and the laminate are subjected to about 300 pounds per square inch of pressure at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Direct Pressure Laminate is cheaper, but it is less resistant to scratches and dents.
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