On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 08:37:13 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Maybe, maybe not. Here in the sandy Coachella Valley, they don't
offer it as a flooring option because the sand will abrade it
mercilessly. Laminate is tough, but there is a limit. Sand will wear
down ceramic tile, after all. But in places that don't have a lot of
sand, it should work well.
Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
Retired aerospace engineers should be able to afford a real sanded finished
floor When you live in a hotter ,drier climate use american cherry, pinon or
austrailian hardwoods even iron wood that actually does not require finish
For a man with the paramount experiences see
I have 2500 sq. feet of Wilsonart laminate in my house. Approx. 200 sq.
feet is about 4 years old and the remainder is about 18 months old. I like
it a lot better than carpet. I have to say I do like real wood and I had
maple in my previous house but I couldn't afford it this time around and I
think it scratched much easier than the laminate. I have some scratches in a
family room but that was my own fault for pulling big, heavy couches across
the floor. The fridge doesn't even scratch the floor when I pull it out in
the kitchen. I will probably replace the laminate in my laundry room and
guest bath with tile since it doesn't hold up well to water leaks which I
seem to have all too often. I had it professionally installed (glued). There
are a few spots where the glue has come out of the seems in the laundry room
but the rest of the house looks brand new. I have 3 kids and we have A LOT
of activity in the house. It isn't the easiest to clean because it shows
dirt a lot. I sweep and vacuum a lot. But at least it comes clean. If I had
carpet, it would've been ruined a long time ago. All in all, I would choose
I have installed Laminate (Pergo) in my living room, about 5 years
ago. It has held up very nicely, but the installer screwed up alot.
Mind you, I installed it, so I have only myself to blame. Even with
some gaps here and there, it really has held up nicely. Since then, I
have installed 22 floors of laminate over the years (I am not a pro by
any stretch of the imagination, I just have alot of friends). And
while I have gotten better, so has the laminate. I used to swear by
the glued laminate, and now I just swear at it. The new stuff that I
am installing in the house is here in Canada at Building Box -
QuickStyle. Its glueless, waterproof (as found when I dumped a 2L
bottle of coke, in the corner, and forgot about it for several hours.
I pulled up the laminate to see that it didnt go through. Just a mop,
and some cleaner, and looks great.
I am going to put it in the bathroom - but I will be putting some glue
within the tongue and groove to give it some more water resistance.
The original laminate floor has survived 3 kids, 5 dogs (Collies, and
Labs, and yes it is a hoot to see them scurry into the room when you
throw a toy, to see them skid across and into a wall. Works well with
Guinnea pigs too.
If you are going to install it yourself, I did a 30 x 16 room, in one
day, even sleeping in. The kits are cheap ($16.00) that include a
pull bar, tap block, and spacers. My floor cost 99 cents / sq foot,
(Canadian) Foam underlay was 400 sq feet - $18.00.
If you know someone with a compound sliding miter saw- become friends.
I have a non sliding, and just had to flip the board over. Im not
that hand with my table saw, but used it for the end cuts along the
length of the wall.
I do have some straps used for glued laminates for sale - cheap :)
As for the hollow sounds - there is a material that you can put under
the laminate - WhisperWalk, Quiet Walk, etc. It looks alot like
ceiling tile. Whow knows - maybe it is. It will deaden the sound,
but really, I havent noticed the thud too much. You tune it out.
Scratches are minimized with felt tabs on the furniture, and cleanup
is a breeze.
It was installed over a wood subfloor, and on top of that I put down
some thin mahogany at the time, to smooth over some minor nics/gaps in
the subfloor. (it was on sale, can't get it anymore, but I needed to
make the subfloor generically flat)
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On 05 Jan 2004, firstname.lastname@example.org (John Roesner) wrote in
I was wondering about this. I would like to put a laminate floor in
my bathroom. None of the stuff at Home Depot is the glue-together
kind, it's all the snap-together. Are you saying can use glue even
with the snap-together stuff that doesn't require it? What kind of
I called up Mannington regarding using their click together floor in
bathroom. They said it was superior to using a glued floor in
bathroom because the water resistence was built in and not dependent
on glue being done correctly. Just follow direction which included
silicone around the edges and a vapor barrier underneath and click
I installed Uniclic flooring from Quick-Step. I used their vapor barrier and
caulked around the edges. The floor is holding up fine after two years but
their quarter round doesn't. I guess a plastic molding rated for external
use would be much better.
I just used wood glue to keep it together - not that it probably
I have read about that they make it to be water resistant. The
caulking is key though - if it can wick down, and under, I am not sure
how it would keep up.
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