When was Laminate Flooring first introduced?
Laminate flooring was created by the Swedish company Perstop in the late 1970’s, and branded as Pergo. It was a much cheaper alternative to Hardwood flooring and easier to install, as Hardwood flooring at the time was usually installed on batons, while laminate had only to be laid on top of the screed floor and the tongue and grooves glued together.
Laminate became an increasingly popular choice of flooring over the next few decades and in the 1990’s with the invention of the Click and Locking systems by Unilin and Valinge, Laminate flooring was even more appealing and easier to install.
Laminate still continues to evolve today with sound reduction technology, structure, surface protection and creative patterns such as Plank, Tile and Stone.
Pictured below is a typical laminate floor from the 1980’s.