By Dennis R. Parks
Prefinished laminated flooring systems
from Europe provide the hardwood
look over nearly any subfloor
Longstrip flooring, a laminated, prefinished
European product relatively new
to the U.S. market, holds some distinct
advantages over traditional hardwood
strip flooring. For one thing, it simplifies
subfloor preparation since it can be
installed over almost any level surface.
This gives it the installation versatility
of carpet. It also offers a quieter floor
than hardwood because a flexible foam
sheet separates it from the subfloor.
It does this without sacrificing on
appearance. In some ways, longstrip
looks better than a traditional American
hardwood floor because the European
factories excel at producing squareedged
flooring panels and dust-free finishes.
And longstrip achieves that