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christineka 01-03-2011 06:03 PM

Laminate flooring and such for kitchen
Our kitchen currently has the cheapest of the cheap laminate flooring. It is falling apart in many places. I intend to rip it out. I am a female and not very knowledgeable in home improvement, but things are such that if I want something done, I'm the one who has to do it. I explored a bit in this flooring. (Picked a spot already falling apart and located underneath the table.) It does not come out easily. Are there tricks to ripping out laminate? Or should I start with my hole and rip it out with the crow bar?

Next, I intend to put in more laminate, but of better, though still low cost laminate. I haven't a lot of funds, which necessitates the low cost, and doing the work myself. (I may convince my husband to do it.) Is laminate that costs $1.25 or less decent at all? Or would it be better to go with what my husband wants, which is linoleum?

Oh, I have six children, currently aged 1-11 years. The younger three are not fully potty trained and also have a tendency to pour water on the floor, not clean it up, nor tell anyone about it.

If we put laminate in, what else do we need? Some sort of waterproof barrier underneath? (Currently there's some super thin styrofoam-type paper underneath.) Under it all is just boards, not the nice kind- or even with any potential to look nice. Not sure what that's called, but it is wood.

rusty baker 01-03-2011 06:15 PM

Vinyl flooring would be your best option.

epson 01-03-2011 07:10 PM

What you have to do is first cut through the caulking around the baseboards, using a utility knife then pry the baseboards from the wall with a pry bar but try not to damage the baseboards while removing them. Now that the baseboards are removed you can now pry up the edge of a laminate plank next to a wall. By using the pry bar pull up the laminate plank with your hands peel back the entire plank from the floor and remove each laminate plank the same way you removed the first plank. You should work from the edge of the room and move toward the center of the room removing the planks as you go. Once all the planks are removed spray the area where the laminate flooring has left adhesive behind with dish washing liquid and warm water this mixture should loosen the adhesive, allowing you to remove it with a manual scraper.

dvatt 01-03-2011 07:15 PM

There could b .25 inch Liam underneath which would make it very easy to get up w a crow bar. I would rather c u lay tile which is relatively cheap

Floor Doc 01-03-2011 10:56 PM

Vinyl flooring. I'm not a fan of any laminate . especially one for a buck a foot.

HABSFAN2006 01-04-2011 07:08 AM


Originally Posted by Floor Doc (Post 562297)
Vinyl flooring. I'm not a fan of any laminate . especially one for a buck a foot.

Agree with this post.

Vinyl flooring really is your best option, and will most likely last you untill your youngest leaves the nest, if installed on a proper surface.

For better deals, and good prices, visit the warehouse section, or leftovers of a few flooring stores, good deals can be negotiated here often.

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