No other product seems to cause as much confusion as Laminate flooring. Perhaps this is Click To Enlarge because Laminate varies so widely in price and quality. To begin with, all Laminate flooringis constructed essentially the same way. To paint a basic picture, it consists of a core, usually high density fiberboard (HDF). On top of that is a thin layer of the decorative surface -- wood grain or stone look -- made of a resin based on melamine. Think of the decorative layer like a photograph of a piece of wood. The decorative layer is, in turn, covered with a clear plastic wear layer to protect the entire plank.
Laminate contains no “real wood.” Laminate is a flooring material that is made to look like wood, but is not wood. If you see an ad that says “Laminate Wood Flooring,” be a little suspicious. True laminate contains no solid wood. Keep in mind, only wood is wood.