Walking on Paper

Composite laminates improve the look and durability of flooring.

Tile, carpet, wood, and … paper?

Flooring options have evolved over the years and so have the materials used to deliver the durable and aesthetically pleasing surfaces that people want in their homes and businesses.

Beautiful and resilient, composite laminate floors can be a smart, cost-effective flooring option for new commercial buildings or for anyone looking to do some home remodeling.

Composite laminates used in flooring are made from pure, highly uniform cellulose papers of clean-bleached pulp. These composites are found in the top layer, also known as the overlay, of the flooring. This type of flooring typically consists of four or five layers, including the overlay, the decorative layer, the middle core, and the base of the floor, which provides stability.

Available in clear or tinted options, the flooring overlay component prepared from these papers forms a scratch- and liquid-resistant film for the embedded melamine resin in the fiber structure, protecting and enhancing the appearance of the decorative layer of the floor. All of these components work together to create a durable and abrasive resistant product, allowing the floors to stand up to even the toughest wear and tear. And, because the overlay is made using sustainable raw materials, it can be argued that it’s a more ecofriendly option than other types of flooring.

While floors made with composite laminates are often designed to look almost identical to real hardwood floors in an array of finishes or hues, the design possibilities are nearly endless. This versatility offers end-users who are laying the foundation for a new interior look a plethora of attractive, affordable, and durable options.