Saturday, September 6, 2014

How Laminate Floors are Made

Laminate Flooring can be made to resemble hardwood, ceramic and stone.  Most Laminate floors consist of four components bonded together:

1) The top layer is a durable wear layer, providing protection and stain resistance.  These layers often contain aluminum oxide, as well as melamine resin that creates durability.

2) A decorative layer also known as aprint film is ad-hered on top of the core board giving the floor its hardwood or tile look.  This is a printed high-definition photo-reproduction of a wood grain, natural stone or ceramic tile pattern.


3) The next layer is a core board,generally made from high-density fiberboard or particle board, which may also contain melamine plastic layer that lends dimensional stability to the planks and also helps guard against moisture from the sub floor.




The Process

Generally, it begins with the assembly of the four layers of raw materials in large sheets.  This typically takes place on a production line, where each layer is stacked on top of each other.

Once the four layers have been stacked, they are ready for pressing.  The stacks are pressed at high temperatures reaching 400 degrees, with up to 600 pounds per square inch of pressure for 20 to 30 seconds.

If the laminate is designed to have a textured surface, the press has specialized plates that imprint the textured pattern onto the sheets, creating more natural looking visual.

After a cooling process, the boards are cut into planks and the moved on to be profiled.  Multiple profiling saws create the tongue and groove edges on the sides of the planks that enable the floor to lock together.  The finished planks then go through a quality inspection and are checked for color, texture, finish, size and correct interlocking capabilities.

At Americarpet we carry products from many of the best and largest laminate companies in America.  We also carry commercial laminate flooring from Alloc , Armstrong and Abet Laminati from Italy.  This laminate flooring comes with a warranty from the manufacturer for commercial use .

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162

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