Laminate flooring is made to be visually related to its real wood counterpart. The difference is that laminate floors consist of a backing, core, image and wear layer rather than solid wood. The support is designed to keep moisture out, helping to protect the center that is usually made up of a durable fibreboard or resin. This is then topped with an image layer – a photographic image of wood on a vinyl board that gives laminate flooring its realistic aesthetic. Finally, the wear layer helps to preserve the floor and stop it from becoming worn down over the years.