A brief history of laminate flooring and today

The Laminate flooring industry has seen a dramatic resurgence of late. In the 1980s, this style of flooring was the product of choice up and down the UK, regardless of a household’s budget or the style of property. Whoever thought laminates could be de rigueur? But it was the indisputable flooring of choice for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where a hardwearing solution was required.

In the 90s and noughties, the pendulum swung away from laminated floors, which were seen as a dated and all too typical example of 80s kitsch. Homeowners began flocking to authentic, solid flooring made from real wood, tile and stone, although they certainly paid for the privilege.

The problem with such high quality flooring, is despite the stunning aesthetics of a solid oak floor, sometimes it’s just not that liveable. When you have spent a good chunk of money on a pristine new floor, the tendency is to wince every time your child comes careering through the room with their dump truck in tow. Your floor is going to take some abuse, that’s inevitable, but at least with a laminate you don’t have to waste your valuable time worrying about it!

But one thing most of you don’t like about laminate is that it doesn’t always look close enough to natural wood flooring.

Laminate Flooring Today

In recent years the laminate flooring products have improved with improved technology in manufacturing equipment, photographic film layers, and the surface engraving to give a more natural look and feel.

Take a look at some of the extensive laminate flooring collections available from Floors Direct and you won’t believe the surface is a synthetic photographic film. Be further amazed when you order a free sample and hold one in your hands and feel the surface texture and grooves that give the natural oak effect.

With most reputable brands such as Krono and Quick-Step you will find regular innovations in the flooring product design with the continuous effort these high end manufacturers put in producing better laminated products every year closing the gap between wood and synthetic flooring.

With the global effort in deforestation it is arguable that laminated flooring is helping to save the green planet by using recycled wood and producing particle compressed boards which form the base for most laminated flooring.

For now the future is laminate flooring and for us it’s the flooring product of the new millennium.