Created in 1977 by Swedish Manufacturer Pergo, laminate has grown to become one of the industry’s fasting selling products.  Pergo was originally marketed in Europe beginning in 1984, it became popular in the United States in 1994.  Although Pergo is the most widely known manufacturer of laminate flooring, many other companies have created products that are equally compatible or better. 

Laminate flooring is designed to look like natural wood and stone.  It is typically composed of synthetic material such as melamine resin or other materials combined with natural and recycled ingredients.  The top layer is then given a decorative applique followed by an aluminum oxide finish layer.  The aluminum oxide will aid in scratch resistance.

Laminate floors are relatively low maintenance products when compared to hardwood floors.  Laminate does not require waxing, oiling, or staining.  It is important to keep laminate clean, just as with any floor, to prevent scratching and wearing over time. 

Laminate needs to be kept dry as sitting in moisture or water can cause the tiles or planks to warp or swell.  Water spills will not be a problem if wiped up in a timely manner.  It is not recommended to install laminate in a bathroom where showers or baths are taking place.

Laminate floors are far less expensive to install than wood or natural stone floors.  As a matter of fact, it is a very do-it-yourself friendly project.  Laminate floats over a foam or film underlayment that provides moisture and sound resistant barriers.  Laminate does not require glue, nails, or staples to install as it clicks or taps together at each joint.  When figuring laminate, allow for 10% overage to accommodate cuts and scrap product.  You will also want to keep at least 1 box in storage to replace any damaged flooring in the future.

Today’s technology allows manufacturers to create strikingly realistic visuals and textures that result in elegant, quality floors.  In many cases, our customers cannot tell the difference between laminate and hardwood.  If you want the look of real hardwood or stone without the price tag or maintenance, laminate is for you. 

For more information please visit the following websites:

Armstrong Laminate
Kronotex Laminate 
Mannington Laminate 
Robina Floors 
Shaw Laminate
Forrest Accents
Floormuffler Underlayment