Unlike the other flooring options, laminate is still relatively new. Compared to its counterparts of being 100 or more years old, laminate is about 30 to 40 years old. Even though this flooring option does not have a long and rich history, it does have many interesting facts and elements that helped bring it to where it is now. To learn more, keep scrolling as we go into detail about the history of laminate flooring.
The 1970s & 80s
If you do not know, laminate flooring is a multilayered flooring system. It involves multiple layers added on top of each other. The first laminate floor ever created was in 1977 by the Swedish company, Perstorp AB Holdings. Before its creation, Perstorp obtained a company in 1974 that was bonding products together to make multiple layers. They took this process and continued to perfect it before creating high-pressure laminate flooring in the late 70s. By 1979, they started selling these floors on the market. Many Swedish people preferred laminate flooring because of its easy installation process. Once the Swedes were loving it, Perstorp decided it was time to hit the rest of Europe by 1984. Then by 1989, the first direct pressure laminate floor was created.
In the 90s, people began seeing laminate flooring in more than wood styles. Stone, ceramic tile and other designs were starting to pop up around the market. In the early 90s, Prego, a division of Perstorp, was the only laminate manufacturer in Germany and many other parts of Europe. But by the end of the decade, there were over 30 different manufacturers, making laminate a fast-developing industry. Due to the invention of its click and lock installation method in the middle of the 90s, other countries started showing interest in laminate flooring. By the end of the 90s, many places had the availability for laminate, and the US had over 100 laminate flooring manufacturers.
The 2000s is where laminate flooring started to improve drastically. Throughout this decade, laminate had sound reduction technology, wood texture, tile effects, surface protection, direct printing, creative decors, structured surfaces and wide and narrow planks available. In 2004, the European Producers of Laminate Flooring reported that consumers bought more than 750 million square meters of laminate flooring.
At the start of the early 2010s, manufacturers mastered the design and style elements of laminate flooring, but then they wanted to do more. Flooring companies started finding more ways to create sustainable and eco-friendly laminate. By the end of the decade, structure, technology and appearance improved as well.
Today you can find thousands of laminate companies all over the world. Plus, the design, installation, structure and technology improved even more. If you want to give this flooring type a go, then you need to contact Valor Home Services. We have installed laminate in hundred of homes in the Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville and surrounding areas. For more information, shoot us a message today.