Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Learning the Layers

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. Plus, Shaw's VersaLock and LockNPlace glueless installation methods both make installing your new floor fast and easy.

A direct-pressure manufacturing process fuses four layers into one extremely hard surface. The back is reinforced with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance. EnviroCore - Shaw's environmentally-friendly coreboard—is the dense, inner layer made of recycled wood fiber, meaning fewer trees are used with less waste.


Providing the floor's beauty, the decorative layer is actually a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile. 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.

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