Nowadays, laminate flooring is such an interior design staple piece that it’s easy to take it for granted.
In fact, it might surprise you to know that it is a relatively new addition to our choice of floor coverings. Its benefits of affordability, convenience and practicality haven’t always been widely available and once upon a time people had to do without this modern marvel.
Let’s take a look at all the things you didn’t know about laminate floors … until now!
Laminate flooring was invented in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstorp, who had been making flooring since 1923. Initially they gave the product the brand name ‘Pergo’ but unlike Hoover it didn’t really catch on as a memorable tag. Instead, all the different types became simply known as ‘laminate’.
Pergo, or laminate as we now know it, was first made available and sold in Europe as recently as 1984 and even later (1994) in the USA.
1996 saw the arrival of the next development in laminate flooring when a glueless variation was invented by the Swedish company Välinge Aluminiu.
When another system for holding flooring panels together was developed and released onto the market in 1997 by the Belgian company Unilin, laminate flooring as we know it today had finally fully arrived.
Why so popular?
When you consider just how versatile laminate flooring is, it’s easy to understand why this extremely durable flooring option has become so popular all over the world.
Its popularity is due in part to the flexibility of choice consumers get – there’s every colour, style, pattern and design you can imagine – but also to the way in which it is made. With it being a printed strip of vinyl covering a composite board, you get high quality results that are easy to clean and can mimic other flooring types perfectly.
Stone effect laminate looks as good as the real thing, for example, and so does wood effect options. Add in the fact that cleaning is simple and mostly relies on occasional wiping with a damp mop or cloth and regular sweeping or vacuuming and you’ve got a winning formula.
Installation is another major benefit of choosing laminate flooring because the locking and floating method makes it a job that most people who are comfortable with DIY can do themselves, although it is generally recommended to use a specialist fitter to carry this out.
Usually a floating laminate underlay is fitted first for extra effect, cushioning, insulation and soundproofing.
This is then followed with the tongue and groove planks which are simply placed on top in the correct way and clicked into one another.
The range of designs and colours for laminate flooring is almost endless, as the visual effects come from the printed vinyl surface layer. From authentic wood effect to painted varieties, it’s easy to find a style to match your interior decor – no matter what room it is for.
This means that as well as a full spectrum of beautifully authentic wood finishes, real tile, stone and slate effects are now widely available too.
For the more adventurous there are even more unique styles such as dark blacks or stark whites which can be used to maximum dramatic effect.
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