Laminate Flooring Review

Laminate Flooring Review

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 applique 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 under the name "Pergo" and arrived in North America in 1994. 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.

Glueless laminate (laminate planks locked together without gluing the tongue and grooves together) was invented in 1996, also in Sweden. However, a system for holding flooring panels together was developed by a competing Belgian company and released a year later.

Laminate flooring is typically packaged in a number of tongue and groove planks that can be clicked into one another. Occasionally, a pad is pre-attached to the backside of the planks to provide a faster installation then installing a pad separately and 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 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 laminate flooring is often made with formaldehyde and as such, air quality could be a concern due to the releases of volatile organic compounds. Some floors use a chemical process to reduce and neutralize such emissions.

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Overall Rating: 4.2 stars - 25 reviews

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Date: August 26, 2014
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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Laminate floors can be a problem if water/urine sits on them. My dog peed on the floor at the edge of a chair and I did not see it until the next day. The flooring bulged up at the seam where the pee was able to get under the protective coating. I also have real wood and it completely discolors if water sits on it. My light oak has turned brown near doors where water leaked in. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect for a pet problem.
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Date: August 10, 2014
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I want laminate flooring so bad. I have dogs and was wondering how it is when they pee on the floor? Does it seep through where the planks meet? This is a huge concern for me. I "usually" see the accident and clean it up right away, but what if I dont? This is one reason keeping me from replacing my carpet. HELP!!!
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Date: July 19, 2014
Page Rating: (3.5/5)
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would like more info. on how its made name brands and rating
By:
Date: March 4, 2014
Page Rating: (1.0/5)
Comments:
Bueno
By:
Date: October 26, 2013
Page Rating: (2.5/5)
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Too general. This type of stuff is everywhere. The issue with installation is trouble shooting and there is a lack of good information on this.
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Date: October 10, 2013
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thanks, Im worried cos Ive just ordered a nice looking but cheap laminate flooring from HN , not being aware of its inherent problems.Hope i can get out of the contract
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Date: September 4, 2013
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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Good article, many thanks. I would have liked to see a cleaner for the care of laminate floors in your article.
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Date: June 17, 2013
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Learned more than I thought I would!
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Date: June 15, 2013
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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How risky is laminate in regards to the harmful vapors?
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Date: May 30, 2013
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
Comments:
good

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