What You Need To Know About Luxury Vinyl
To understand what a floor vendor is really offering, you need to know a bit about how a laminate floor is made. It’s not that complicated.Laminate flooring has four layers:
A wear layer
A design layer,
An inner core layer and
A backing layer.
The Wear layer is the clear top layer. This layer protects the floor from wear, stains and fading. The harder and thicker it is, the more wear-resistant you’re floor will be. Laminate floors are graded under the AC rating system of numbers 1 through 5. 1 represents the lowest quality and 5 for the highest. AC 2 and AC3 are considered plenty for home and residential use.
There’s a secret regarding this layer I’ll tell you in a minute.
The Design layer is the secret to the floors beauty. It’s a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic the lays under the wear layer.
There’s a secret they are not telling you regarding this layer as well. I’ll tell it to you in a minute.
The Inner core is a thick, high density fiber (HDF) that keeps the laminate stable and flat. It is produced under extreme pressure from resins and glues. There are TWO secrets you must know here.
The Backing is the bottom layer that creates a moisture barrier that protects your floor from warping. Yes, there is what to know about this layer they are not tell you as well.
It’s simple – the wear layer helps your floor last longer. Made of clear PVC film and applied to the top of the photographic layer, the wear layer adds an extra boost of durability and extends the life of your resilient flooring.
The thickness of the wear layer is measured in mils, and wear layers are typically 6, 12 or 20 mils thick. As you may have guessed, the thicker the wear layer, the tougher the flooring will be. In fact, the 20-mil thickness can even stand up to commercial settings. If you’re choosing flooring for a high-traffic entryway into your home, go with the middle or higher wear layer. If your room in question isn’t likely to see much action in terms of foot traffic, a lesser thickness will work just fine.
Ultimately, when you choose flooring from Shaw, you can rest assured that performance is built right into the product, regardless of wear layer thickness. Our commitment to delivering beautiful and durable flooring is more than a promise—it’s just who we are.