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 - 22 reviews

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Date: March 4, 2014
Page Rating: (1.0/5)
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Bueno
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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)
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good
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Date: May 20, 2013
Page Rating: (3.5/5)
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Informative article, but I will have to go to store for prices. Plus, I know you cannot answer questions, but I have not heard of any fake humans beings, seriously?
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Date: April 30, 2013
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Date: April 14, 2013
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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Informative. Would like more specifics or local resources for information I can trust.

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