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Laminate flooring is one of the most exciting things happening in the floorcovering industry today. Laminates have been sold in Europe since the mid 80's, but are relatively new here in Australia, however their popularity is growing rapidly.


A laminate floor is a 3-part floor that consists of a wood-base core, a balancing backing & a high pressure laminate. These floors can be made to look like wood, stone, tile & other surfaces. They are extremely easy to clean & almost impossible to damage. An added feature is that laminate flooring is produced without any materials containing dioxins & thus ensures a healthy living enviroment. With its hygenic surfaces, it is the ideal floorcovering for people suffering from allergies.


Laminate products today feature a type of wear surface that resists scratching, denting & even burns better than many existing products. Many of the styles available feature wood grain-like patterns that take advantage of the popularity of hardwood. Still other styles resemble natural stone as would be found in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a cost effective trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic. Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than wood flooring & are easier to clean than ceramic tile floors with the sometimes higher maintenance grout lines.


Another reason for the increasing popularity of laminate flooring is its ease in installation. Laminates require much less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to the subfloor. Most of these products are glued or snapped together in a tongue & groove interlocking system, this feature has made laminate flooring popular in areas where vinyl flooring was traditionally installed.