Wood-look laminate is a terrific alternative to hardwood, and it follows all the current industry trends. For example, right now, farmhouse-style kitchens are trending, but wood can be problematic in that room, what with all the water and humidity. The answer is grey laminate flooring
, cut into planks, and so realistic that sometimes even the flooring experts have difficulty telling the difference.
It is a layered product. At the bottom is an underlayment that adds stability and insulates from noise and moisture. It is strongly recommended to use one. Many products come with the cushion pre-attached; if yours does, no need to buy another one. If, however, your product doesn’t have one, you should purchase it.
The next layer contains the core. The most stable and water-resistant is HDF (high-density fiberboard). Next comes the image layer, photographed with 3D photography and printed digitally, available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns. 3D photography makes the images clear and accurate, displaying knots, raised grains, swirls, and wormholes.
The floors are deeply embossed to add textured appearances, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. The top is a clear aluminum oxide-coated wear layer that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs and keeps spills at the top, so they wipe off easily. Although you can get it in square tile-sized pieces, the wood-look planks are the most popular.