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Laminate Flooring at ProSource of Tempe, AZ

Learn more about what laminate flooring has to offer! 

Laminate flooring is an excellent manufactured substitute for hardwood, stone, or tile. Laminate comes in many variations, from different characteristics including construction, color, thickness, and texture. Here's some additional info to help narrow down the choices and pick the best one!


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


The stabilizing layer, also known as the backing, is often constructed of plastic and provides strength, stability, and protection from the subfloor.


The core layer is made up of compressed wood fibers. The flooring's durability and anti-shock properties are from to this layer—the amount of pressure used to make the core can change the application of its general use. 


High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is manufactured with a pressure of over 1,000 pounds per square inch, making it more durable and ideal for high-traffic areas. Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) is a type of laminate created by applying 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 a photo reproduction of the design that resembles natural flooring such as hardwood.


The wear layer is a resin coating that protects the flooring from stains, fading, and wear. Several coatings of melamine or aluminum oxide are commonly used for this layer.

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 floors 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 – suitable 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 

Laminate comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit various needs. 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 

Plank width serves as a decorative component. Depending on the design requirements, there are numerous choices. The following are some of the most typical laminate plank sizes:


  • 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 mimics tile flooring. 
  • Multi-width: This option has become more popular, usually used for a barn or reclaimed wood design. 

Edge type

Another aspect of laminate flooring design is the edge type. This refers to how the planks' corners are cut, which results in a varied appearance when the boards are placed together. The 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 "rollover" 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

The ease of installation is one of the main advantages of laminate flooring. Because laminate is a locking, floating floor, no nails or glue are required. Although each manufacturer's locking design is different, there are two basic options to choose from.


The most popular choice is tongue and groove, which is simple to install and does an excellent job of holding the flooring together. The other alternative is mechanical locking systems, which use aluminum hardware to hold the flooring together.

Benefits of laminate flooring 

Here are a few reasons why laminate flooring is a good option.


  • 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 of Tempe 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 fantastic customer support as well! 

Our Products

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, like hardwood, can come in a variety of wood-look species, like oak, pine, maple or cherry, and can come in different finishes too. Finish options range from hand-scraped, embossed, high gloss and matte. 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

Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and even basements are no match for this versatile, durable flooring choice. Laminate ranges from water-resistant to waterproof depending on the brand. That makes laminate flooring 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 won’t work, and given its lower price point and ease of maintenance, is a great choice for throughout the home.

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