Suggestion: Laminate Wood Floors

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@blondie_bride:  We just redid our entire house (literally, 1800 sq ft) with Pergo XP Hand Sawn Oak. We LOVE it! We didn’t install it ourselves (it would have taken us an eternity) – we had home depot do it. The Pergo XP has a pad attached, but the installers also put down a moisture barrier layer. We reason we chose this floor is that it’s indestructable – we have two crazy dogs who race around and scratch to floor with their nails and there is not a single mark anywhere. I highly recommend it! I don’t have any fabulous floor pics, but these will give you an idea.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pergo-XP-Hand-Sawn-Oak-10-mm-Thick-x-4-7-8-in-Wide-x-47-7-8-in-Length-Laminate-Flooring-13-1-sq-ft-case-LF000342/202882893

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@blondie_bride:  Make sure it is between 10 to 12 mm and you will be fine 🙂 8 mm laminate floors SUCK.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@blondie_bride:  No problem. We just re-did our whole upstairs in a deep, rich colour that was 12 mm and we love it. It even stands up to furbaby. Luckily FI installed it or else I would be bankrupt paying nearly as much for install as the actual product. Laminate is super easy to install – I could do it myself 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My FI and I are installing it this weekend!!! I bought it at ifloor.com (they were very helpful, I ended up talking to them on the phone for awhile, and they’ll send you 5 samples for free) and it’s going to be delivered tomorrow. I did research on Consumer Reports and ended up choosing Armstrong as that is the highest rated brand on there. We’re doing 500 sq feet of a 1900 sq ft house. It’s going to be in the kitchen, family room, and hallway. My cat thinks the current carpeting in the family room is a giant scratching post just for him. My laminate doesn’t have the pad attached, but the pad I had to buy has the moisture barrier attached, so it’s still just two steps like it would be if you did the moisture barrier then the laminate with the pad attached.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@blondie_bride:  Thanks! We’re very happy! Definitely call in a favor – it would be easy to do a nice, square/rectangle room, but it’s the cutting around doorways, stairs, etc that looked a bit complicated. We got lucky with the home depot install – they were having a whole-home installation sale – $295 for the entire house – it saved us over $4000!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Laminate can be easy to install, but you may want to check every plank and exchange the ones that are damaged. Because the bulk of it is just compressed sawdust, the tongue and grooves can damage easily before installation.

Also, it is not recommended that you put these in a bathroom (no idea if you’re planning to, but it’s not a good idea). I would probably go with separate underlayment, simply because you can choose the type you get. Antimicrobial, waterproof, sound deadening, etc.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vorpalette:  +1 

Also wanted to add that it’s not good to use laminate in basements (just in case you were planning to use some of it there; though, I suspect you’re looking to replace flooring in the rest of your house).  If it gets too wet, it gets warped, you have to tear it out and replace all of it.  My sister had to do so this year; they’ve been in the house for about 7 years and it just decided to start flooding this Spring. 

The flooring people told her that carpet is salvagable in a flooding situation, but laminiate flooring is not.

Post # 13
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374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@blondie_bride:  When I bought mine (last week) they were having a special with free shipping. I think that’s over now, but they’ll probably have it again. After I requested the 5 free samples, I got an email from someone there letting me know they were available to answer any questions I might have. They also contacted me the day the free shipping special was ending to let me know that it was ending if I wanted to order before it ended. I called them that evening and placed the order over the phone. I had a really good experience talking to him, and they definitely didn’t pressure me to order more stuff or more expensive stuff than I needed. For example, I didn’t go with the more expensive pad at their recommendation, they didn’t think I needed it based on my description of the house and how it was used. Also, I thought I needed to buy a separate waterproof barrier, but they told me I didn’t have to, that that was included on the pad. So I would have spend more money with them if it weren’t for their advice 🙂 Also, they recommended waiting on ordering the transition pieces for when it goes to tile (the laundry room) or carpet (the bedrooms) since I couldn’t say for sure what the height difference was till I started ripping stuff out, so they recommended waiting and ordering it later, which I’m going to do. It means I’ll have to live with rough transistions for awhile, but it’s better than buying the wrong ones!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@blondie_bride:  My floor arrived yesterday! Don’t mind the trash (boxes from the floor) or table covered in books (I had to unload my bookcase to move it from the room where we’re doing the floor) in the background.

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