Laminate floors were invented in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstorp. This firm landed on the idea of using up waste wood projects by subjecting those products to intensely high pressure, heat, and binding chemicals, then turning the result into usable floor coverings. Since that time, many other manufacturers such as Dupont, Mannington, Armstrong, and Shaw now make laminate floors.
Pros and Cons
Easy to clean
Good for homes with pets and children
Inexpensive relative to other types of floor coverings
Moisture can swell the laminate floor base
Not suitable for bathrooms or laundry rooms