Laminate is hard surface flooring sold in blocks, planks and squares that provide the look of wood, stone and tile usually at a lower cost and with easier maintenance.
A direct-pressure manufacturing process fuses four layers into one extremely hard surface. The four layers are:
Back layer - The back is reinforced with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance.
Fiberboard core - Ultra dense core board provides impact resistance and stability. It also features an edge sealing treatment that provides even further structural stability.
Decorative layer - Providing the floor's beauty, the decorative layer is actually a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile.
Wear layer - The melamine wear layer is a tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide, one of the hardest mineral compounds known to man, to resist staining, fading, surface moisture, and wear.
The resulting floor is a technological breakthrough. There's no staining, no fading, and no wear through.