Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together using a lamination process. This type of flooring can accurately simulate almost anything — wood, stone, even photographs or scans of anything imaginable — by covering a photographic appliqué layer with a clear protective layer. The interior layer is typically composed of melamine resin and fiberboard materials. Laminate floors have grown in popularity since they were invented in Sweden in 1977 and arrived in North America in 1990’s. Because of their durability, hygienic nature and ease of installation and maintenance, laminate floors have become a low cost alternative to hardwood, stone, and tile.
Laminate flooring is typically packaged in a number of locking tongue and groove planks that can be clicked into one another. A Separate pad offers improved moisture and sound reduction properties. It is vital to keep laminates clean. Dirt and other particles may scratch the surface in high traffic areas. It’s also important to keep them dry, as sitting water or high moisture can warp or swell, though some brands come with water resistant coatings. Adhesive pads on the feet of furniture are also a good idea.
Beware of inferior laminate products, which can look less than convincing in their emulation of wood or stone and become separated (creating gaps between the planks).
It is also important to consider that LOW QUALITY laminate flooring is often made with formaldehyde and as such, air quality could be a ... Read more