Laminate flooring is one of the most versatile tile options available for homes today. It is uniquely durable, highly affordable, and infinitely versatile and customizable. You may have seen laminate tiles that look like they are made of wood. In actuality, what you are looking at is a photograph that has been printed onto a multilayered fused fiber tile or plank that is then textured to mimic the feel of the genuine material. A laminate tile is made up of several layers, each providing an integral part of the material’s overall success and style.
The Backing Layer
The bottom layer on the laminate tile is the one that will be in contact with the floor. The backing is usually made of a material like paper or a thin melamine. In general, the material chosen for this layer is designed to enhance structural integrity and secure the tile or plank in place while also serving as a barrier against moisture. Even if moisture somehow seeps between laminate tiles, it won’t be able to penetrate from below.
The core of a tile is composed of an engineered fiberboard that offers a firm, durable surface. This piece is responsible for laminate tile having such good resistance to high traffic and pressure. It provides the main form of support that makes laminate tile easy on your feet. As the main structural component, the core is also why laminate is so durable. A strong core can resist scratches and scuffs from impacts like that of a falling object, allowing it to shrug off what would leave marks and dents in other materials.
The Photographic Layer
On top of the core is the photographic layer, a high-resolution image. The exact image will depend on what your preferences are. Common examples include wood grain or natural stone. This is what gives laminate tile such unparalleled versatility. Any form of wood or stone can be replicated thanks to the photographic layer. You are limited only by your choice of photo. A child’s playroom, for instance, could have a laminate flooring composed of bright colours and patterns.
The Wear Layer
This is the surface layer and the one your foot comes into contact with. The wear layer is a coating of resin and cellulose mixed with some other ingredients (this varies by manufacturer) to create different textures. In cases where the laminate tile is mimicking wood or stone, the wear layer is usually tailored to also imitate the texture and grain of the specific material.
The wear layer is also part of what makes laminate so hygienic and resistant to scuffs and stains. The seal it provides resists microbial infiltrators so it is very sanitary. It can also enhance the resistance to foot traffic and general abrasions.
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Centura Tile offers an unparalleled selection of tiling choices for homes and rooms of all shapes and sizes and can help you find the right laminate tile amongst a sea of possibilities. You can view a sampling of our extensive offerings on our web site here. Or feel free to contact us so we can help you find your dream tiling design.