Wood Floors Explained
Laminate flooring is constructed in layers. The bottom layer is the backing. It’s designed to resist
moisture which leads to warping.
Typically, the inner core of the laminate plank or square is made from high-density fiberboard that is
reinforced with a special resin which enhances the moisture resistance of the product, and increases
The next layer is the design layer. This is where the high-resolution image of wood, stone, metal, or other
material appears. Texture can also be applied in this layer.
Finally, the top layer is the wear layer. This layer protects the design from fading, scratching, and other
damage that occurs with foot traffic, and every day wear and tear.
Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from individual boards of lumber. It can be installed in
most rooms, except for moisture-prone area like a basement. It is also not recommended for installation
in bathrooms, and on concrete slabs in areas where the water table and/or ground saturation is high.
Engineered wood floors are genuine hardwood floors but are made with a cross layer construction
(much like plywood). This provides enhanced stability and can be installed in damp areas, and/or on
concrete slabs. It’s always recommended to install a water vapor barrier with this type of flooring if it’s
being installed in a damp area.
If you have more questions about flooring for your project, please schedule a FREE Discovery Call.