Compared to other types of flooring, laminate is relatively new to the market. Laminate flooring was invented in Sweden in the late 1970s. The first modern laminate, Pergo, was invented by Perstorp AB Holdings. It is still a popular laminate choice today.
Laminate is a photographic reproduction of another type of material (usually wood, stone, or tile). Then a clear coating is applied. This protects the image and prevent moisture penetration. Beneath the pattern layer is a fiberboard layer and a backing layer to provide stability. The layers are all fused together.
Laminate is available in both glue-down and floating tiles/planks. You can remove and reinstall a floating laminate floor.
Pros of Laminate:
Laminate is durable, and easy to clean and maintain. It typically costs less than the flooring that it mimics. As well, floating laminate installation is super easy. The planks simply snap together.
Cons of Laminate:
Laminate is not indestructible. Also, it cannot be refinished or recycled. It is also possible for water to seep between the seams and cause damage. Because laminate is a reproduction, there will be identical boards that could form a repeating pattern.
You can learn even more about laminate flooring here.
Other Types of Flooring:
If you’re not sure if laminate is right for you, you can learn about other types of flooring here. There are many options to choose from that also come in many different styles.