Laminate floors are installed by floating the planks over most substrates including plywood, OSB, concrete slabs and some existing floor coverings. The planks and tiles have tongue and groove edges that lock them together. These floors are never secured directly to the sub floor.
Most laminate floors require no glue to secure the planks and tiles together, they just snap together. Glueless installation makes these floors quick and easy-to-install and ideal for do-it-yourself installations. Some other laminate floors are pre-glued at the factory and only require a damp sponge to re-activate the adhesive along the tongue edges. While a few other laminate floors do require a specially formulated glue to be applied to each of the plank edges.
Some of the most popular laminate flooring manufacturers with American homeowners are: Pergo, Wilsonart, Mannington, Mohawk, Shaw, Quick-Step, Armstrong, Witex and Alloc.