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Laminate Flooring at ProSource of Phoenix, AZ

Learn more about what laminate flooring has to offer! 

Laminate flooring is a great man-made alternative to hardwood, stone, or tile flooring. Laminate comes in many variations, from different characteristics including construction, color, thickness, and texture. Here is some more information to help narrow down and find the best option! 


Laminate flooring is made up of 3-4 layers, the wear layer, decorative layer, core, and backing.


The backing, also known as the stabilizing layer, is typically made of plastic and gives laminate strength, stability, and protection from the subfloor. 


The core layer is made up of compressed wood fibers. This layer gives the flooring its durability and anti-shock characteristics. The amount of pressure used to create this layer can have different impacts on its general use.


High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is made using over 1,000 pounds of pressure, making it more durable and great for high-traffic areas. Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) is made using 300-500 pounds of pressure. This type of laminate is still durable, but best for lower traffic areas such as an office space or guest room. 


The decorative layer is made up of photo rendering of the design made to mimic a natural flooring option, like hardwood flooring. 


The wear layer is a resin coating designed to protect the flooring from fading, wear, and stains. This layer is typically made up of several coats of melamine or aluminum oxide. 

AC Rating 

The AC rating of laminate flooring is a measurement of durability based on abrasion tests, burn resistance, impact resistance, stain resistance, and swelling under moist conditions. The rating is ranked AC1, through AC5. Here are the ratings and intended uses of laminate flooring for each category. 


  • AC1 Moderate Residential– suitable only for moderate residential use such as a bedroom or a closet
  • AC2 General Residential– suitable for “normal residential” applications such as living rooms and dining rooms.
  • AC3 Heavy Residential – good for all residential applications
  • AC4 General Commercial– use for all residential plus general commercial applications such as offices, boutiques, and cafes. 
  • AC5 Heavy Commercial – great for all residential applications plus heavy commercial applications such as public buildings, department stores, etc.

Board thickness 

There are many thicknesses available with laminate available for different applications. Laminate thickness is measured by all layers, not just the core. It is measured in mm, and sizes include 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, and 14mm. 


Generally, thickness does not translate to quality, considering other factors such as construction and AC rating are important factors for choosing the best flooring for the job. 

Plank width 

The function of plank width is purely for design. There are many options based on what the design is called for. Here are some common laminate plan widths:


  • 3-4 inches: These are great for small rooms to make the space look bigger. 
  • 5-6 inches: This is the most common width used and is great for many different design options. 
  • Larger than 6 inches: This is common with large planks for big rooms or to mimic tile flooring. 
  • Multi-width: This is an option that has become more popular, usually used for a barn or reclaimed wood design. 

Edge type

This is another thing that factors into the overall design of laminate flooring. The edge type is how the corners of the planks are cut, each giving a different look when the boards are put together. The different options are: 


  • Square Edge: these edges are finished at a 90-degree angle, providing a traditional, sleek look with a smooth transition between planks. 
  • Micro-Bevel: the edges are rounded, giving off a more natural and authentic hardwood look. 
  • Deep Bevel or V-Groove: each plank has a uniquely grooved and defined edge, giving off a solid hardwood look. 
  • Rolled Bevel: The surface design and color of the plank “roll over” the edge creating the most realistic plank look. This soft slope almost blends into the flooring itself.
  • Painted Bevel: when plank edged are painted to give a more defined and pronounced look. 

Locking system

One of the biggest benefits of laminate floors is the installation process. Laminate does not require nails and glue, since is a locking, floating floor. Each manufacturer has different locking technology but there are two general types to choose from. 


Tongue and groove is the most popular option since it is easy to install and does a great job holding the flooring together. The other option is mechanical locking systems that hold the flooring together, usually with hardware made of aluminum. 

Benefits of laminate flooring 

Now here are some reasons to consider laminate flooring for a space


  • Durability
  • Stain, fade, and moisture resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain 
  • Economical 
  • Wide variety of styles
  • Easy installation 

Why Should You Choose ProSource?

For years, ProSource Wholesale has made its name providing excellent home remodeling products at a great price. Laminate flooring is just one of our many offerings that stand head and shoulders above the competition.


It’s hard to beat our bundled offerings for flooring at wholesale prices with no retail markups. Our personalized services handled by account managers and in-house design associates will ensure you get amazing customer support as well! 

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Learn more about our laminate flooring options and start shopping our online catalog below! 

Laminate flooring of multiple species at ProSource Wholesale

Laminate Species

Laminate, much like hardwood, can come in a number of species, ranging from oak, pine, maple, or cherry. Finish options range from hand-scraped, embossed, high gloss, and matte and can set the tone for the style of flooring desired. Whether you’re looking for rustic, traditional, or something in between, all can be accomplished with laminate floors. Apart from hardwood, laminate can also take the place of stone or tile. With realistic textures and finishes, laminate is perfect for any flooring project.
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Water Resistant and Waterproof Laminate

Laminate flooring is either water-resistant or waterproof depending on the brand. That means laminate flooring is an ideal choice for any room in the home, even those that see their fair share of moisture. Laminate is a great alternative for spaces that hardwood just can’t work, and given their lower price point and ease of maintenance, they are a great choice for throughout the home. Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and even basements are no match for this versatile, durable flooring choice.

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