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marthas. 05-31-2007 07:18 AM

choosing laminate floor...help!
 
I am getting ready to purchase laminate flooring for living/dining/foyer/parlor area. The lam's I am looking at are Columbia's Concord clic (12mm), Wilsonart (7.4mm), and Mohawk (8mm) thickness.
I can not find much info on the Concord clic. The Wilsonart is treated with hot oil/wax which I find the most appealing but the thickness is the least. Does anyone have thoughts about this subject. Wilsonart is also on the list of NALFA approved flooring where there is no mention of Columbia Clic. Anyone's thoughts please!?!

poppameth 05-31-2007 12:40 PM

We sold Columbia Clic and Mohawk at one time. Columbia we never had any issues with and it had one of the best warranties I've seen. It was limited lifetime when we carried it. Most companies top out around 25 year. Not that a warranty really means much. I can't honestly recommend Mohawk in general. Their quality control has taken major dives in the last couple of years. We no longer deal with them at all. Some of the companies they own but do not operate are still fine. I can say that if you are worried about warranty at all do not go with Mohawk. The main reason we quit dealing with them is because they would not honor a claim on defective carpet and gave us quite a bit of run around over it, even threatening lawsuits. This is after sending us defective carpet to replace the original defective carpet. I just can't recommend Mohawk in good conscience anymore.

KUIPORNG 05-31-2007 01:20 PM

I think thickness/hardness of a laminate is important...the thicker the better...the harder the better... I intalled HD exotic ones are very happy with it...

marthas. 05-31-2007 09:31 PM

Thanks for your input. I was worried because I could not find any posts that mentioned Columbia Clic here. My main concern is I have a dog that has a rep of peeing on the carpeting. It is not as much of a problem as it use to be. I know if it did happen getting it cleaned up in a timely manor should be ok on laminate.

send_it_all 05-31-2007 11:24 PM

In my experience. you get what you pay for with laminate...I have installed plenty of cheap laminate flooring (Less than $2 per sq. ft.) and it always seems to lift at the seams creating a wavy effect. (yes I'm leaving space at all the edges for expansion)...I have a friend who installed fairly pricey lam. in his house (about $3.95 per sq. ft.) and it lays flat and looks great. It is the kind that has the green underlayment padding pre glued to the bottom of the planks. Looks outstanding.

KUIPORNG 06-01-2007 09:44 AM

but then... when it is $3.95 per feet... why people not go with real wood...

send_it_all 06-01-2007 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by KUI****G (Post 47283)
but then... when it is $3.95 per feet... why people not go with real wood...

I haven't seen real wood that cheap...or maybe they have kids with roller skates, or pets with claws... real wood would become real fire wood.

KUIPORNG 06-01-2007 10:57 AM

HD right now selling $3.99 Oak per sq. ft. Made in Canada... for those made in China... they sell for $2.99 Canadian Dollars...

poppameth 06-01-2007 12:16 PM

We sell a white and red oak for about $3.95. American made as well. It's still not top grade stuff but it isn't cheap stuff either. As for the dog issues. My girlfriend's dog has the same problem. Always wants to pee on the carpet. They put laminate on a small section of hallway where he use to pee all the time and he refuses to do his business on the laminate. For that matter he won't pee on any hard surface, only on the carpet. Whether your dog would behave the same or not is questionable. Does he only go on the carpet or has he gone on ceramic or vinyl as well? If it's only on the carpet I'd be willing to bet he won't go on the laminate either. If the dog is a big concern you can always take the extra time to run a bead of glue on the edges of each plank to further seal the seams. You can't take the laminate back up as easily this way but it will help with moisture concerns.

ron schenker 06-01-2007 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by KUI****G (Post 47291)
HD right now selling $3.99 Oak per sq. ft. Made in Canada... for those made in China... they sell for $2.99 Canadian Dollars...

I recently installed about 800 sq.ft. of this China hardwood. I was surprised at the quality, fit nicely together, no serious gaps, decent number of long boards, and it looked very nice too! Sad to say it was better than the Canadian hardwood:(

KUIPORNG 06-12-2007 09:36 AM

Two more tips just found out
 
Bought other type of Laminates to install on my cold room.. Just found out there are two things which I think should be considered when choosing laminate:

1. don't buy those you need to pull the whole row at a angle a little bit to slide in/tap in the new piece... it is a pain to install (especially one installer), comparing those it simply fit by tapping vertically (you got to angle in horizontally first) without disturbance the adjecent piece.

2. the one row per piece looks nicer than the two rows per piece as the one row per piece leave a little bit gap which looks more like real wood rather than a complete smooth surface which may be too slipery/dangerous to walk on.


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