Check out http://www.floorshop.com , lots of info., installation tips,
manufactures installation manuals. DAGS, laminate flooring + installation
Laminate floors do have a place in the home, so choose wisely based on the
application, not just price. Look at alternitives, engineered flooring,
hardwood etc... and do your research.
Laminate is a plastic material. The top is a high pressure material,
similar, but tougher than the old Formic countertops. Thee is usually a
center layer and a bottom. The top is the design of course. It is 100%
synthetic. Better brands are very durable. I put some down on my stairs
and entryway. Still looks as good as the day it was installed. While it
has a wood pattern, it is not real wood and I can tell the difference.
www.wilsonart.com is what I have. The foyer is a marble type of appearance
in 15 x 15 blocks.
Engineered wood is a plywood type of material. The top layer is the "good
wood" stained and finished with a durable coating. Some are guaranteed for
15 years. The other layers are criss-crossed, just like plywood. Unlike
regular hardwood, it can be laid over concrete slab with the proper barrier.
In my family room and downstairs hallway, I used stuff from
www.mannington.com They also make a laminate.
Ed, thanks for taking the time to explain. I have been looking at
something at the local Sam's club and it's a laminated product. The
bottom has a foam backing applied. It comes in an oak or cherry finish
and cost is about $28.00 for 18 square feet. IIRC thickness is 9mm.
Just considering it for the den to replace the old carpet.
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