I just purchased Formica Cermanix (tile look). It is wearing great and looks
beautiful but it was a bitch to install. The locking mechanism is so precise
that any variation is a problem. In the end, I had to hire out the
installation, and floor guy went back to his store and threw out the rack.
Mannington, others are a breeze to install according to him. If I were to do
it again, I would pick a brand other than Formica.
We just had the Mannington non-glued installed. It looks nice.
Within a day an electrician dropped a ceiling fan globe from about 8
feet on it and dented it slightly. Fortunately the installers were
back to fix some molding issues I was unhappy with and they replaced
the damaged panel. For a pro it took no time at all. The the
pre-finished molding is very difficult to install well unless the
house is very square. Probably better off with wood molding and
finish it yourself or paint to match walls.
Hmmm... that's a surprise to read about!
I laid out a family room and kitchen with the Ceramix Collection flooring a
few months back and had no problems at all with the install. The
"click-down" went just as easily as the old-fashioned T&G glue-down Pergo I
installed in other rooms a few years back.
Bu then, I wonder if the configuration of the ploanks might have something
to do with the difficulties you had. My Monsanto Ceramix was purchased at
Lowes -- the planks are laid out in a "1x4" format. I've seen the same
product at other flooring chains, but the planks are configured in a "2x2"
format. (I suppose that large square of flooring clould be a bit rough to
I installed a Pergo floor in our kitchen maybe 5 years ago and it still
looks great. We are contemplating installing laminate throughout the entire
house because it is so much more durable than hard-wood (it doesn't dent and
need sanding) but I'm not certain that it's the look I want.
The new stuff is soooo realistic it has me hankering for real wood - I don't
The Pergo I installed was the glue joint stuff and our Kitchen is fairly
small - maybe 200 square feet - so it was not too tough for me to do in a
weekend. (A real knee buster, though!)
I understand that the "wear layer" dimensions vary greatly from brand to
brand. I think that the Mannington high end stuff has a 25+ mil wear
layer - others go from 7 - 15 mils. (1 mil = 1000th of an inch.)
Our experience with Pergo is that the stuff is really tough. I did chip one
panel when I dropped a drawer full of silverware on it (on a corner of the
drawer, no less. I had to rebuild the drawer - it fell apart!!) I have
never repaired or replaced the panel and no one has commented about the
chip. It is pretty stealthy stuff.
I'd like to hear other opinions about laminate floors. Any takers?
You did buy knee pads didn'y you? Found them to be a good investment when I
installed my floor.
I have both laminate and engineered wood. I still prefer the wood. My
laminate is about 6 years old and I can tell it is not wood. Perhaps the
new stuff is better, but with the wood, some random lengths and greater
variation of grain in natural wood looks better.
I want to redo the floor in my famly room, front hall, and kitchen. I have 3/4'
maple down in the hall but I don't want to keep it down. I am trying to decide
whether to put laminate (glue or glueless) or wood. I have heard that the
laminate can be affected by water i.e. curling at the edges. Is this true? Any
suggestions. What I want is a floor that is as durable as possible.
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Check the warranties. Mannington says theirs holds up to household
water (but not a flood disaster) and guarantees it with labor if it
was professionally installed. Others say they hold up but read the
warranties..... you have to clean up the water within 30 minutes or
there is none.... so make sure you check before buying.
I was concerned about the no-glue floor. But I called Mannington and
they said the click floors are more water resistent then the old glue
floors which depended on good glueing for water resisitence.
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