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Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a great alternative to natural hardwoods. Unlike hardwood floors, laminates are dent, scratch, and water resistant; ensuring a much longer lifespan. Furthermore, because laminates do not require oiling or waxing, they are much easier to maintain.

Originally invented in Sweden during the early 1980’s, laminate flooring quickly spread throughout Europe and eventually to North America. These floors are typically designed to be installed using a tongue and groove technique. This means that they do not have to be glued to the floor and can be easily installed by the average homeowner without the need for professional assistance.

Laminate flooring is made from several layers of material that are fused together under extremely high heat and pressure. The layers typically consist of a moisture resistant core surrounded by a layer of high density fiberboard. The final two layers are a photographic design image (usually meant to look like wood, but can be made to look like stone as well) and lastly a super hard layer of resin covered cellulose is used to protect the flooring.

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