Early laminate products were an edge-glued installation. These products were messy to install and used long strap clamps to hold the pieces together until they set up. Installation has now evolved into a more installer-friendly placement that is much easier for the homeowner to install and repair if needed.
Most brands of laminate flooring suggest that the joints be glued with specially formulated, water-resistant glue. It is placed between the tongue and grooves of every plank. There are variances in how much glue is used, depending on the manufacturer, so check first.
Early laminate floors also had a problem with moisture intrusion between the seams of the boards if not totally glued all across the entire four sides of the piece. Water could get in between the boards with spills or even normal mopping and cleaning and could actually delaminate or separate the top decorative surface from the substrate or pressed wood below. The manufacturers have solved that by waterproofing the substrate material so that it won’t absorb moisture or humidity and swell up to cause problems.
Laminate is a great flooring choice for any home. It comes in a myriad of colors, textures and styles. Talk to your local flooring retailer about how laminate would work in your home.