Backing - is usually a melamine plastic layer used to give additional structural stability and added moisture protection to the planks
Core - generally composed of low density fibre board (LDF), medium density fibre (MDF) and High density fibre board (HDF). The core adds impact resistance, and forms the tongue and groove locking system.
Print Film - which is also called the decorative or photo finish layer gives the floor the appearance of real hardwood, stone or title. These photo finishes come in a variety of colours and styles
While the strength of these floors are comparable to formica kitchen counter tops, they offer many added performance features. Laminate floors have a durable wear layer finish to help protect your floor from scratching and chipping. Laminate floors originally came from Europe where they have been used in homes for over 20 years. Although most laminate floors are imported, a few brands are produced in Canada and the U.S.A. The performance, price and durability of each floor differs based on the components used in the manufacturing process. Even though these floors resemble real wood floors they are not wood.