Laminate Wood Floor
A Laminate wood flooring or floating wood floor is a synthetic, man-made product that is made up of various layers that are bonded together using a lamination process. The Laminate wood flooring system is a relatively recent addition to the range of flooring options available on the market and made its first appearance in the late 1970s.
A laminate wood floor is made up of typically five (or fewer layers), laminate flooring can be made to look like any material the manufacturer wants, because effectively the top layer is a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer i.e. an image or representation of a solid wood floor.
The inner core of a laminate floor is usually composed on a melamine resin and fibre board material. The laminate wood floor is reasonably durable and several brands contain an antimicrobial resin provide a hygienic finish which is relatively easy to maintain.
In very general terms when you buy a wooden floor, you can expect a life expectancy of between 5 – 100 years, with a high quality laminate wood floor lasting for up to 20 years.