Supreme Click - Laminate Flooring Manufacturing Process

Step 1

The process begins with the assembly of the 4 layers of raw materials in large sheets.

This process takes place on our production line, where modern technology enables each layer to be stacked on top of another with incredible accuracy and precision. How precise you may ask? We use sophisticated electronic calibrating equipment and digital camera systems to keep the sheets in perfect alignment.

The backing layer is first on the line, with the core board placed directly on top of that. Next, the printed decorative layer is stacked on top of the core board. The final layer to be stacked on is the wear layer.

Step 2

Once the 4 layers have been stacked, they are ready for pressing.

Our presses used to create laminate flooring have hydraulic rams that apply tremendous pressure to the stacks. The stacks of layers are pressed at high temperatures reaching 400 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 600 pounds per square inch of pressure for 20 to 30 seconds. We carefully monitor the time and temperature when pressing the layers to successfully cure and bond the stacks into a single sheet of finished decorative laminate.

If the laminate that is being manufactured is designed to have a textured surface, the press has specialized plates that imprint the textured pattern onto the sheets, creating more natural looking planks or tiles.

Step 3

After the sheets are pressed they are left to cool to ensure that they fully cure and to prevent any surface imperfections. Then the sheets are stacked and stored for a time so that they can continue to acclimate, thereby enhancing the stability of the boards.

Step 4

Once the boards are fully acclimated, they are milled, or cut into planks.

The freshly cut planks then move on to be profiled. Multiple profiling saws create the tongue and groove edges on the sides of the planks that enable the floor to lock together with ease. The blades on the profiling saws use electronic and laser systems that produce incredibly accurate edges for a perfect fit. Further assurance of the precision of your floor.

The finished planks then go through a quality inspection and are checked for color, texture, finish, size and correct interlocking capabilities. Once approved, the planks are then stacked, packaged and loaded onto trucks for distribution.

Now that you know how Supreme Click Laminate Flooring is made you can understand why it's a beautiful, durable and cost-efficient flooring answer for many homes, and homeowners, across the county.

Kingsmill - Solid Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing Process

Step 1

Our mill manufactures custom floors from raw lumber. Raw lumber is basically just cut wood from a tree. It has not yet been sanded, so it is rough lumber that usually comes in random widths. We source the lumber for our Kingsmill Hardwood flooring line from around the globe so you are sure to find a species you will love.

Step 2

Once the lumber has been received, the wood is run through a double-sided planer which brings the wood to a specific thickness. At this point, both sides of the board become smooth, and the lumber is ready for the next step in the process.

Step 3

After the wood has been planed the sides of the board must be "ripped" to a certain width. The rip saw literally rips both edges of the board to make smooth edges that can easily be run through a machine for the profiling and moulding steps.

Step 4

Next the wood is taken to the chop saw. Any unwanted sections of the boards are cut out. This may include knots, sap, or skips that a customer would not want visible in the finished Kingsmill Flooring product.

Step 5

At this point the wood looks like simple planks. The moulder is responsible for turning these blanks into high quality Kingsmill Solid Hardwood flooring. It adds the tongue and groove, and also adds relief grooves into the bottom of the flooring planks.

Step 6

The final touches are put on the flooring at the end-matcher. On opposite ends of the floor a tongue and groove are placed. This allows the floor to be interlocked on all sides when it is installed.

Step 7

The last step is the application of eight coats of UV-cured semi-gloss polyurethane finish, and aluminum oxide is added to the surface coats for optimal protection and beauty. We use the most durable varnish available on the market for our Kingsmill Solid Hardwood flooring.