Laminate flooring is believed to have its roots in Sweden and its early success in Scandinavia ensured its passage throughout Europe. For over 20 years, this has been a popular choice in the continent and given the versatility of laminate, this is certainly not surprising.
Consisting of four layers, laminate flooring is durable and can be used just about anywhere on just about any kind of surface. It’s easy to clean and maintain and can be installed without any hassle even by a layman with no professional skills to speak of. The flooring designs have an aesthetic appeal, are very realistic and have been known to replicate stone, tile patterns and even wood. The flooring retains its appearance and luster for many years and even today is a rather fashionable option in Europe. In fact many of the older European buildings have laminate flooring. When it comes to quality laminate, there’s just nothing to beat European manufacturers.
Today, those who opt for laminate flooring can choose between different types depending on whether they want to glue on their floors or lay it over existing ones. They can also choose from the numerous designs that are in the market. Initially, the ‘wood-grain’ look was preferred but with the passage of time, other looks like stone and marble were introduced. Later on patterned and designed flooring made an entry –in fact, it is this ability to change and adapt to public taste that served to increase its popularity.
Houses with children and pets can be a tiring prospect for housewives, as keeping floors clean is a humongous task. Laminate flooring with its stain resistant property and durability is easier to handle. It doesn’t need to be varnished or waxed and is pretty resistant to sunlight. With the quality of these floors gradually improving, they are becoming more popular as a floor choice.
Even kitchen work surfaces are laminated these days and like the floors just require minimal cleaning. In fact, the laminate styles available are so authentic that they can be used to suit the decor of any room in the house. Laminate flooring is an inexpensive option that is being explored tremendously and the fact that it is easy to replace gives it a few more brownie points.
Although laminate flooring can be installed in kitchens and even in bathrooms, one needs to ensure that the moisture remains intact– that is, there should be no lingering pools of water as this could easily damage it.
Laminate flooring is gradually making inroads into North America and is becoming quite a popular choice. And why won’t it? The ‘no dents, no scratches, no stains’ mantra coupled with elegant and appealing looks have everyone reaching out for it.