Although this is from Shaw’s web site, it applies in general to all types of first quality laminate floors. These start at about $2.29 Sq.Ft. retail.

As an aside, in flooring, price does determine quality. If you pay a small amount the manufacturer cannot afford to supply a quality product. Remember that in flooring there really are no manufacturer’s discounts.

Pay a fair amount and your floors will last longer.

And now, back to construction.

Beautiful and Innovative Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring offers a wide selection of designs that offer the look and feel of beautiful hardwood, ceramic tile, and slate. Laminate is a composite designed to endure more-than-average wear and tear. A direct-pressure manufacturing process fuses four layers into one extremely hard surface.

Laminate is constructed of four layers:

  • The back is reinforced with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance
  • OptiCore – Shaw’s laminate coreboard that’s strong, stable, and moisture-resistant.
  • Providing the floor’s beauty, the decorative layer is actually a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile . The more you spend, the more varied and random the pattern for a more natural look.
  • Melamine wear top 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.

Other noteworthy features:

  • Shaw Laminate flooring is incredibly durable and stain resistant. Such problem spills as nail polish, grease, and mustard simply wipe off.
  • Patented tongue-and-groove locking technology eliminates unsightly gaps at the seams.