Laminate is one of the most versatile and popular flooring options today. It was invented in 1977 by a Swedish company and given the commercial brand name of Pergo. Since it became available in the United States in 1984, it has grown in popularity due to its ease of installation of maintenance.
Laminate is a complex synthetic flooring product made of multiple layers that have been fused, or bonded, to a wood base core to simulate the look of a wooden floor. The inner core is a high-density fiberboard made from a mixture of pressed resin and fiber materials. The surface has a decorative appearance made from a photographic applique that is placed over the top with a final clear protective layer. The result is the look of a wood floor, and sometimes tile, marble, or stone. Laminate is approximately one-third inch thick, and can be laid over an existing floor. It has few problems transitioning from room to room. It is sometimes called a “floating” floor because it is not connected to the house.
Laminate in Plymouth, MN offers attractive features such as tongue and grove installation, durability, more hygienic than carpet, easy to maintain, and usually costs approximately half of hardwood flooring. It is resistant to stains, impacts, and doesn’t fade in sunlight. It is an attractive and practical alternative to tile and can be installed in almost any type of room whether above, below or on grade. These features make it attractive for kitchens, but would not be advisable for use in areas with high humidity. It is not recommended for bathrooms or saunas.
Laminate can be installed over tile, concrete, wood, linoleum, or any flat surface. It is placed over an underlayment that provides a moisture barrier and it reduces noise. Moisture is can cause problems with any type of flooring, and laminate is not an exception. Standing water or moisture will cause the planks to warp and swell so it is important that water not be allowed to sit on the flooring for any prolonged period. For more information on the benefits of installing laminate flooring, visit their website at www.affordablefloorinstallation.com .
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