Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 04:38:33 AM. Laminate Flooring. By Jean Baptiste Prost.
When a Texan laminate expert named Ralph Wilson Sr. retired from the laminate industry as an executive, he felt somewhat bored by the long vacant retirement hours. To fill up his time, Wilson established a small enterprise dedicated to making decorative laminate materials in 1956. It was his so-called retirement hobby. The company, Ralph Wilson Plastics Company, started to grow because it stuck to its mission to deliver ”laminate anywhere in the United States in 10 days or less.” Nowadays, Wilsonart International is one of the largest laminate manufacturers in the US. The company now makes a wide array of laminate materials. One of the marquee products of the company is laminate flooring.
Originating as a company making lacquered boards for the shipbuilding industry, Alloc started production of high pressure laminate flooring in 1992. In 1996 it introduced a mechanical locking system that allows the laminate boards to be laid without glue. Originally, most laminate floors replicated only the most in-demand wood floors. As laminate grew in popularity however, other looks were introduced, including highly realistic stone and marble. Unlike solid wood or engineered wood flooring products which are usually nailed or glued to the sub floor, laminate flooring floats on the sub floor. The individual strips or planks of many laminate systems snap together while other systems do require the application of small amount of adhesive along the joints. Unlike traditional hardwood floors, laminate floors do not require periodic sanding and refinishing. The top protective layer is all that's needed. Unlike hardwood flooring, there is no need to polish your laminate floor. You can simply clean it with wet cloth and vacuum cleaner to dust out the dirt.
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