We have a cheaper grade of laminate flooring - Quality Craft Click flooring,
in our basement and have had it down for a year. We bought it from a local
supplier who brought the product in bulk. Cost was a factor. We ruled out
expensive laminate flooring as overkill since the light traffic in our
basement did not call for a tough, resilient floor and therefore an
It was easy to lay down and looks great in our basement. However, we try to
keep the Relative Humidity constant in the basement by running a
dehumidifier all year round. A basement with a high humidity, I believe,
would cause problems with laminate flooring. We also laid a plastic barrier
(joints sealed with tape) over the concrete floor to reduce humidity prior
to laying the laminate.
I would recommend cheaper stuff it for anyone contemplating a laminate floor
for the basement.
We put down the top quality (at the time) Pergo in a 16'x24' room about five
years ago and it's been great. No problems at all even with two dogs and two
teenage boys. Last spring we put down another laminate floor in the kitchen,
Wilsonart Estate Plus, and I'm even happier with this one. I priced it locally
and it was almost US$7 a square foot and I was able to get it for $4.19 from
www.diyflooring.com. They are in Washington State and I'm on the east coast but
they had a warehouse close by and I was able to pick it up the afternoon that I
ordered it with no shipping charges either.
Go glueless and read warrranties. Most are worthless. Mannington
seems to have a better warranty than most in that it covers normal
household spills but not what would normally be considered an
insurable accident. Some warranties say no coverage if a spill isn't
picked up within 2 hours. I don't know of many spills which come with
a stopwatch and photographic proof so I stayed away from those
companies. I think Pergo was one of those.
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