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Old 04-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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I have a very small budget and am looking at the cheap laminates.

I am trying to avoid chinese laminates.

I am looking at 3 right now, can you please tell me your experience with them?

1. Shaw Natural Values 8mm

2. Kronoswiss Noblesse Collection 8mm

3. Coureyusa 8mm

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Old 04-19-2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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Bad analogy. Makes no sense comparing the two situations.

As cheap as laminates are, you want to buy a very cheap one I guess. So you know not to expect much. Buy the one that looks best to you and hope for the best. In the end it's going to cost more to buy cheap stuff. But if the budget is small now, you either buy now or wait till you can save more.

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but it is comfortable to walk on and looks decent..I would vote for it
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Pergo has some as low as $1.71 Sq/Ft at HD. I wouldn't think you could go much cheaper than that. And that's for a known brand with a long history.

I can't really speak from experience about any of them but I think if you go too cheap you may find that you have a surface that scratches too easily.
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Pergo: "a known brand with a long history."
That's pretty funny stuff right there I don't care what anybody says - that's funny.
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OK Bud what's your recommendation and tile is not a choice here because the question was about laminate.
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I was referring to the comment about the Pergo product itself.

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Just struck me as funny that's all. If you were installing Pergo from the beginning you would be aware of all the BS that Perstop put out in the early days of that crap and then the re-formulation of the product due to the many early failures, then the twenty-five year warranty just to keep the crap on the market. Pergo is a perfect example of what a good marketing company can do to sell a not so good product.

Just made me laugh.
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Again I ask Bud with all that floor installing experience, what is a better laminate? For 4X the price does DuPont make a better product? Or are you saying that all laminate flooring is crap? A less cryptic response is requested here.
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Actually there were a couple of good ones when I bailed out on laminates. The one that always stood out in my mind was Wilsonart's Laminate product. They all have a good, better, best, I think.

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