Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product made to resemble hardwood floors. It is highly durable, stain-resistant and easy to maintain. It is ideal for high traffic areas in either a home or office. Laminate floors are made up of a decorative layer, core layer and backing layer. The decorative or surface layer is what gives the beauty and elegance of actual hardwood. This layer is a high-definition photograph of a particular wood species which is sealed using a melamine resin-based coating containing aluminum oxide. This coating gives the floor its resistance to scratching, UV rays, burning ash and chemical agents. The core layer is what gives the laminate its durability. The core is made of a highly compressed High Density Fiberboard (HDF). This is what allows the floor to take the shock of localized impacts such as high-heeled shoes and dropped objects.The backing layer is the layer that binds the laminate together and gives it stability. The backing layer is made to float over-top of the foam underlayment which makes the laminate a floating floor.