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.