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Learn about Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring

A synthetic flooring tile product made of multiple layers of resin and fibreboard materials laminated together. Laminate flooring often comes in tongue-and-groove pieces and is relatively easy to install.

Ask about the recycled material content of the product, and look for products with formaldehyde-free glue in the wood fiber core. Laminate flooring for sale in the USA is required to meet standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency for low emission of formaldehyde and other VOCs.

Laminate flooring uses wood fibers and sawdust in its core, which can be up to 75% pre-consumer recycled waste, such as sawmill waste. The surface resin is often melamine. Melamine is made with formaldehyde. In this case, formaldehyde is chemically bonded into the resin. Therefore, formaldehyde emissions into indoor air are minimal. Laminate is affordable, and it's lightweight and minimal use of materials avoids the demand for wood from forests. On the other hand, it wears out more quickly than hardwood and is not as easy to reuse or recycle into other useful products.

Laminate flooring was first produced in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstorp and sold by the brand name Pergo. Today there are many brands of laminate flooring.