What is Laminate Flooring?
What’s the history of Laminate Flooring? What’s today’s Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is a man made material that has been used in surfaces such as counters and back splashes since the early 1920’s. Originally it was not strong enough to be used in flooring, but over time innovations in the manufacturing process refined the finished product and made it increasingly durable.
The first laminate flooring was invented in Sweden in 1977 by a company called Perstorp. In 1984 they began marketing this product in Europe under the name Pergo, and by the mid nineties it had spread to the United States. Today the word “Pergo” is almost synonymous with laminate flooring, although there are other manufacturers of this material.
Glueless interlocking laminate flooring was invented by two separate companies at the same time in Europe during the years 1996 and 1997. Because of this the Swedish company Välinge and the Belgian company Unilin have had a number of legal conflicts over the years. Today almost all interlocking laminate floors are sold by one of these two corporations.
Why Choose Laminate Flooring?
First of all, there’s the price. Laminate is considerably more cost-effective than buying hardwood, and yet its authentic, inspired-by-nature look makes it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. If you want the hardwood look on a budget, laminate is the perfect pick for you.
Laminate is also known for its versatility. Our design team can simulate the look of any number of natural hardwoods, just by snapping the perfect picture and transferring it to the floor. We can also simulate natural textures and patterns, creating a look so natural no one will ever know the difference.
Finally, if DIY is your thing, laminate is right up your alley. The simple click-and-lock installation method is so easy you can do it yourself – no need to glue every single plank!
Convinced yet? The advantages to choosing laminate are many. As the expert in all things flooring, we’re here to help you make the best choice. For more information, contact a Shaw representative today.