Mohawk Laminate Flooring

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Homeowners love Mohawk Laminate Flooring, as well as other brands of laminate flooring, because it is easy to install by snapping or gluing the planks together, easy to care for with just a damp mop, long lasting, looks like real wood and feels like real wood. The amazingly realistic wood look comes from a photograph of wood grain on thin sheets of paper infused with melamine and covered with a transparent layer that is hard enough to stand up to all kinds of rough wear. It is resistant to fading and is hypoallergenic because it does not retain allergens. You can even get laminate flooring tiles that will give you the look of stone or ceramic flooring if that is your preference.

One of the largest floor covering manufacturers and distributors in the world is Mohawk Industries. Besides Mohawk Laminate Flooring, the company also produces ceramic tile, yarn, bath mats and area rugs. Mohawk designs and manufactures tufted and woven broadloom carpet and different types of hard surface flooring and markets them in all price ranges. A few of the many brands in the Mohawk family are: Mohawk, Mohawk Home, Wunda Weve, Custom Weave, World, Lees Carpet, Aladdin, American Olean, Bigelow, Galaxy and Horizon.

Mohawk Industries’ story begins in 1878 with 14 used looms brought to Amsterdam, New York, from England by four Shuttleworth brothers. Their company introduced Karnak, a new carpet, in 1908, and it proved to be very successful. They were inundated with so many orders that their weavers worked for the next four or five years without taking time to change the pattern and color on the looms.

The Shuttleworth Brothers Company formed Mohawk Carpet Mills, Inc. in 1920 by merging with the McCleary, Wallin and Crouse firm located nearby. The new corporation’s name resulted because the city of Amsterdam in upstate New York was in the Mohawk River Valley. This new business was the only producer of all domestic weaves of carpet in the United States, giving it an advantage over its competitors.

Mohawk Carpet Mills developed the first textured design with both high and low loops, called Shuttlepoint, and the first carpet with a sculptured effect, called Raleigh, in the late 1930s.

Mohawk expanded by building new manufacturing plants in South Carolina and Mississippi in the 1950s, and in 1956, merged with Alexander Smith, Inc. forming Mohasco Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturing company.

The company introduced its very popular shag carpeting in 1973 and called it Canyon Paradise. The Mohawk Color Center Dealer program, established in 1974, is still the model for successful relationships between retailers and manufacturers.

Mohawk Carpet returned to its beginnings in 1989 with a buyout of the carpet-manufacturing component of the Mohasco Corporation and redefined the entire industry by continuing to make calculated mergers and acquisitions in the ensuing years.

Mohawk now has over 34,000 employees and sells Mohawk Laminate Flooring, hardwood, ceramic tile, stone and marble flooring along with window blinds, woven bedspreads, pillows, throws and tapestries. Mohawk Laminate Flooring, along with the other Mohawk products, can be purchased from most retailers throughout the country and the rest of the world.

Mohawk Laminate Flooring, or one of the other fine brands of laminate flooring, can give you a good weekend do it yourself project and make your home more attractive and easy to care for when the job is completed. Guests will think that you hired a professional to install your lovely hardwood floors unless you let them in on your secret, and if you tell them that you did it yourself at a fraction of the cost of real hardwood flooring, they will admire your resourcefulness and excellent taste.

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Rob Woods

Rob served as BuildDirect's marketing manager from 2000 to 2010. In addition to heading up his own marketing company these days, he remains to be a handy guy around the house to this day.