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Can Anyone Give me the 101 Course on Wood Laminate Floors?

Posted by editionk (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 27, 11 at 10:10

I'm usually over in kitchens...

It's time to select wood laminate (is that the right term?) for our main floor kitchen, main and half baths and entryway & hallway. Basically the entire main floor except the living room and bedrooms.

I have wood laminate currently. Previous owners installed it 10 or so years ago. It's in fine shape, but we're putting on an addition.

I'm overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I don't know what's important/what to look for. I'm sure it's not as simple as picking the color I like!

I like --
- wider planks
- mid to darker colors

Beveled edge -- I kind of like the look but will it be a pain to keep clean? The floor I have now has squared edges and is totally smooth (no texture).

Hand scraped -- is it too trendy? Will it really hide scratches?

I can spend $2.50/sq foot.

Can anyone be so kind as to offer pointers of what I should look for and where to start? Thank you!

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RE: Can Anyone Give me the 101 Course on Wood Laminate Floors?

We are installing Mannington Restoration right now - sort of a spare time project. So far it is in our living room; we will also be putting it in our dining room, kitchen, family room, and utility room/half bath. So far I love it. It has beveled edges - I had also been concerned about keeping it clean, but I just use a small stick vac on it - that seems to do a good job. We are a "shoes on" family; our rooms are fairly high traffic, and we wanted something durable and low maintenance.

This stuff is hand scraped, wider planks, mid/darker - the planks have varying tones throughout, which adds to the rustic look.

We paid $3.09 through an online retailer - Ecomoso is the name, I think. We shopped the local stores, found what we liked, and gave them the opportunity to match the online price...I question if you'll be able to get quality laminate for your price - I've been told that *thick* is important with laminate in order to avoid the clacky sound. Ours is 12 mm - the thickest available, I think. We also got good underlayment - another cost for you to factor in, unless the product you buy has underlayment built in. Don't forget to figure the cost of trim pieces into your budget - you need transition pieces, etc.

Have you gone to any of the manufacturer web sites? The Mannington web site has a virtual designer option. You upload a picture of one of your rooms - with the floor showing in the pic, of course. Their software will then allow you to virtually "install" any of their flooring into your room, so you can see how it would look with your furniture, etc. That was fun and helpful.

Maybe someone that has long term experience with this type of laminate can chime in. I'm not being very helpful, I know, but since we're putting in the same flooring that you are talking about, I wanted to tell you that (so far) we love the stuff!

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