Anyone have an opinion on which way to go on a laminate floor?
1. Glue/no Glue
2. Pergo built-in glue
3. Snap and lock that cannot be separated like Wilsonart versus
drop/lock from Armstrong that don't really lock together and are
easy to disassemble and repair.
I think that totally depends on where the flooring is going to be installed.
About 2 years ago I installed Ikea Tundra flooring in my kitchen. It is the
glue-together type. A real pain in the behind to install, because of the
glue. But my wife and I liked the looks of it, and at the time didn't want
to spend almost twice the price on any other brand. So we bought the Tundra
for $1.40 a sq ft and a 15 year warranty.
After installing it in my 19 x 14 kitchen, we loved it. Still do. However I
noticed that there was a small area, about a 4" by 3" area, that appeared to
have glue residue left on it. I didn't think much of it, figuring that I'd
just be able to scrape it right off. A few days later I tried wiping it off
with a damp rag...no dice. And then over a few more days I noticed it was
getting real dark, as if dirt was getting stuck in the glue. And it was
ticking me off because it was right in the middle of the floor. No one
really notices it but my wife and I.
Anyways, I read a post in here the other day that stated that laminate
flooring warranties are worthless. Well, I'm here to tell you that that just
isn't true. I called Ikea about the floor's "spot", so they sent out a
flooring contractor to clean it up. He couldn't believe that it wouldn't
come up. (keep in mind, by the time I called them, I had tried mineral
spirits, goo off, pergo laminate floor glue remover, and even a razor blade
scraper! nothing worked). The contractor said he's never seen anything like
it, and couldn't figure out how to fix it. He said he could try replacing
just the one board, but that's pretty hard to do. So guess what? I'm getting
a brand new floor installed, professionally this time at that! Not bad for a
$500 floor that, quite frankly, my wife and I were very happy with even with
I realize I used your post to get semi-off topic, so back to your situation:
I chose the glue-together because it's a kitchen. But mostly because of
price. I'd like to install laminate in my living room, though I'll probably
not get to it as I plan to move in a few years. However if I do decide to
install it in the living room, which is a pretty big room (39 x 30), I'll
definitely NOT go with glue together, and would opt for the snap together.
No experience. Extensive reading in this group and Google over the last 3
months has me heavily inclined to go with the glued variety for my project.
Being rental property I am choosing it for the most water proof surface I
can get. It also about half the price for materials. It will take extra
time to install. Really won't be able to finish any room in one day as the
glue has to cure for 8 hours before you can walk on it to do those last few
boards on the last wall.
I disagree. After doing both, I feel that the gluing takes up much more
time. Not so much the actual act of putting on the glue, but the general
slowdown due to the constant cleaning/wiping you have to do after inserting
each board, not to mention that since each board has glue in it you
generally work slower with it so as not to get glue where you don't want it.
I feel the glue down floor takes at least twice the amount of time.
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