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Old 12-23-2013, 10:40 AM   #16
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I just installed this floor, but with the other floors I have had I haven't had any issues. Just use the T-Moldings where prescribed and keep your 3/8" expansion gap you will be fine. I really don't understand all the hate around here for them.

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Old 12-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #17
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We have Pergo laminate on the ground floor of our split-level home. It was installed by the previous homeowner so it wasn't my decision, but it holds up really well. We've had the home for four years and the room with the Pergo is used as the main entrance - it's right off of the garage. For a typical family this room would be the family room / TV room. We are musicians so we have a piano, a harp, and a 5-octave marimba in there. We often get the floor dirty when bringing the instruments in and out (gigs don't care about the weather). It's not as easy to clean as I would like but shows absolutely no signs of degrading due to moisture.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:27 PM   #18
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I have laminate in the kitchen and haven't had any problems. I wouldn't buy the kind with beveled edges and I'd recommend Mohawk - it is far superior to Pergo. Don't let water stand on it & at most, use a very well wrung out mop. If you do a search, you'll find a lot of information on laminates on this forum.

I'd research engineered hardwood floors carefully before going that route. I did, and decided against them. Their finish is so hard that you'd go through tons of sandpaper trying to refinish; their veneers are often so thin that if you're lucky, you could refinish once, and many of them are known for fading. I decided laminate was a better choice. If you're going to stay in the house forever and want hardwood, I'd suggest paying for reclaimed hardwood - that's the highest quality, but it will also be expensive (for both the wood & the labor).

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Old 03-20-2014, 12:11 AM   #19
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curious what you decided to go with and if you have pics. Looking at remodeling my kitchen this summer and want to put down a laminate floor. The only time the floor would get wet (other than a leak or something) would be coming in through the sliding glass door from my garage (wife and kids use attached garage) or if the kids are coming in from outside, at which point there would be a carpet there anyway...

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