The chameleon of floors, laminate flooring imitates other flooring options in appearance—minus the hefty price tag. Homeowners love it for its durability, easy maintenance and damage-resistant exterior. Here is some more information.
Not nearly as expensive as regular hardwood, laminate flooring usually ranges in price from $1.50 to $3 per square foot, depending on the quality of the materials used. Get a price quote for your basement flooring installation to learn more.
Since laminate is made with high-density fiber or wood particles, it’s considered a very durable flooring option. In addition, it won’t easily dent or scratch, so it will continue looking great (even in high-traffic areas) for years to come.
Laminate flooring will continue to look great after installation as long as it is regularly cleaned and maintained. Regularly sweep and vacuum to get rid of dirt and debris. Then, use a damp mop or sponge and cleaning solution of 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts water to get rid of stuck-on stains. Avoid abrasive cleaners and always dry the floor afterwards.
Most laminate flooring comes in a "click-lock" design and is combined with dry glue that’s already on the product. Just a swipe of water from a sponge or cloth will activate the glue. The installation process in general is easy enough to make it a DIY project.
Laminate flooring is made from a wood chip composite or a fiberboard base with a transparent top layer. This layer is essentially a photograph of hardwood, tile, stone, or other flooring material, depending on the preference of the consumer.
First sold under the name Pergo, laminate flooring was invented in the late 1970s by the Swedish company Perstop. However, the product wasn’t marketed to the United States until 1994.
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