Laminate Flooring - Plank and Tile
Waterproof, Kid-Proof, and Pet-Friendly Flooring
Laminated flooring is no new concept. From the launch of the Pergo Laminate Flooring brand in the 90s, the product has transformed into an inexpensive flooring option. Laminate engineered flooring didn't start out as a clicking, floating floor. No, it was a glue-down product that drove budget conscience shoppers away from carpet and linoleum. In the Do-It-Yourself movement of the 90s, spawned by the increase of internet users, flooring consumers became "aware". They shared design ideas and floor shopping became easier. Discounted floors, and floor sales, became the face of all eCommerce websites, taunting eager consumers to leave their comfort zone of retail shopping, and venue into diverse markets. In this era, flooring costumers searched for the cheapest, most durable floor option available. In comes laminate flooring. Laminate flooring derives its name from laminated. Its an easy concept to grasp. Manufacturers put a laminated veneer on the top of HDF (high density fiber) board with a permeated heat-sealed back for stability. The visual was copied on a piece of HD canvas-board, giving the appearance of a real hardwood floor, then topped it off with a protective urethane coating for durability. With this category, customers could get a durable, inexpensive floor that appeared to be indestructible. Laminate exploded on the scene and became a valued centerpiece for all families. Later, the product was improved to include a locking system to keep from glue down installations. Susie Homemakers were ripping carpet out faster than laminate could be made. First manufactured in China, and imported in, laminate has since became an American Made flooring product. Many manufacturers have adopted and built fast-producing, quality floors in the US. Shaw Flooring is one of the top flooring providers in the USA. The most diverse and quality-made, adorable laminated floor is produced by Mannington, please see Mannington Laminate Line to see all their laminate products. The largest downfall to the fastest growing sector of the flooring industry is, of course, waterproof. Waterproof laminate was a concept that generally died by the wayside until Mohawk Industries stepped into the category. Mohawk has introduced the RevWood Plus, an affordable, waterproof laminate, with the durability and design that surpasses their predecessors. Shaw also introduced Repel Laminate Collection, which is also water resistant and highly durable.