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Old 12-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm currently researching different laminate brands to install. Any recommendations?

So far, I've been looking at Pergo, Bruce, Armstrong. There was a well known company that starts with the letter L but can't seem to remember.

I live in NJ where winters get cold and summers get hot. I have an infant and a dog so looking for something durable. Plan on installing into the kitchen as well.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-21-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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Very poor choice of flooring for your situation.
Just the dog slobbering in the water bowl will destroy it.
I've seen many a laminate floor in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways destroyed from any moisture at all.

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Very poor choice of flooring for your situation.
Just the dog slobbering in the water bowl will destroy it.
I've seen many a laminate floor in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways destroyed from any moisture at all.
So then what would your solution be if not laminate? I'm open to suggestions.
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Engineered or better yet, sheet vinyl in the kitchen and any other "wet" area.
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Depending on how solid your joist and subflooring are you could even use tile that looks like wood.
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I'm weary on engineered wood or solid wood because of the expansion and contraction issues.

Dog doesn't slobber all over the place so that wouldn't be an issue.

Laminate these days are very durable.

I wouldn't do tile that looks like wood. Not my personal preference.
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I'm in a similar situation. I've been chasing flooring solutions for awhile now. I'm in a 50+ year old home in South Florida. Concrete walls around an elevated wood pier foundation. Everything is solid but the floor has been bastardized over the years. Ideally, I would like to take everything down to the joists and build up from there with solid subfloor and be able to pour a concrete floor. That requires that we vacate the home for an extended period and that isn't going to happen. So, I'm left with tearing out the old tile and working with laminate products from there. At least that's what I have in mind now. I might do an engineered product but then I get into thickness issues around the doors.

The wife wants a masonry floor but I don't think that's going to happen. Too many problems with a less than level floor.
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Here's a link to some info on laminate floors and "wet" conditions -

https://www.floorstoyourhome.com/blo...tant-flooring/

Note the difference. between "waterproof" and "water resistant"!

I wouldn't use most laminate floors in a kitchen or bath -
unless they're spec. - waterproof.
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Another option I'm considering is unfinished oak, stain and polyurethane.
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I should mention that I want to tear up old floor, lay new subfloor plywood on top of old subfloor (3" planks) and then lay new floor.
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I'm weary on engineered wood or solid wood because of the expansion and contraction issues.

Dog doesn't slobber all over the place so that wouldn't be an issue.

Laminate these days are very durable.

I wouldn't do tile that looks like wood. Not my personal preference.
Laminate also requires an expansion space.
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Yes, I understand it does require 3/8" at the walls.

That wouldn't be a problem.
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i had engineered in my last kitchen. it was just fine. and it even got wet for a little while = leaking DW. and it didn't bother it.

now, i am putting a less expensive water resistant laminate in my new kitchen . this is a temp solution until i get some other things done, some more money, and decide what i actually want. this will then be removed and installed in my office = i'm not so picky in here.
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ASking on this forum about laminate will pretty much get you the answers above. I have had laminate in one form or another my whole adult life and the ONLY time I have seen it destroyed is when an ice maker leaked for 48 hours. There is no non-tile/vinyl floor that would withstand that. I live in NE Ohio and have never had issues with a quality laminate buckling under dog drool or water bowl.

I am in the process now of putting down 1200 sq feet of Pergo that I ordered off of their outlet store. Its a beautiful floor. If you are putting it in a kitchen I would recommend using Cal-Flor's Click Seal product on it. While Pergo has some water resistance, this product out shines it. We have had wet boots, construction tools dropped on it, etc. I run the swiffer over it and it looks like new. Here is the picture:

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ASking on this forum about laminate will pretty much get you the answers above. I have had laminate in one form or another my whole adult life and the ONLY time I have seen it destroyed is when an ice maker leaked for 48 hours. There is no non-tile/vinyl floor that would withstand that. I live in NE Ohio and have never had issues with a quality laminate buckling under dog drool or water bowl.

I am in the process now of putting down 1200 sq feet of Pergo that I ordered off of their outlet store. Its a beautiful floor. If you are putting it in a kitchen I would recommend using Cal-Flor's Click Seal product on it. While Pergo has some water resistance, this product out shines it. We have had wet boots, construction tools dropped on it, etc. I run the swiffer over it and it looks like new. Here is the picture:

Looking good. Any issues with contraction and expansion over the seasons?

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