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Old 12-02-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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Guys,

I'm ready to tackle my first flooring job and everyone has been a BIG help around here for other things so I thought I'd ask...

I found a AC3 rated Tarkett laminate floor that I liked and was curious as to what some think about whether to buy flooring w pre attached Underlayment or do the underlay separately...

I noticed (obviously) at Lumber Liq that there are some cheapies you can buy w/o the underlay but they become just as pricey when you add the underlay in...

I'm not wanting to go super cheap but it is on a budget and the Tarkett I found at 9mm has the preattached underlay of 3mm and for 350 sq ft it's under $500...

So, best deal for the money?


And is preattached the way to go?


Btw this is for a 17x15 living room and a 23x3 hallway...


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There is no flooring with preattached subflooring. There maybe a backing to act as a vaper barrier.
Subflooring would be at least 3/4 thick in 4' X 8' sheets and gets installed on top of the floor joist, then underlaymet goes down, then the flooring.

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There is no flooring with preattached subflooring. There maybe a backing to act as a vaper barrier.
Subflooring would be at least 3/4 thick in 4' X 8' sheets and gets installed on top of the floor joist, then underlaymet goes down, then the flooring.
It says pre attached underlayment...so yes that's what I'm asking...

Opinions on whether ppl like it and whether it's a good option to go with
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It works fine. Faster and neater then having to lay down and tape foam.
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The pad on the pre-attached is usually not as good as some of the separate pads you can get. It depends on what you are comparing it to. You can put down a sheet of 6mil plastic before installing laminate with a pad attached to act as a vapor barrier if you need it. This would only be needed below grade or on a concrete slab generally. Personally I wouldn't touch Tarkett laminate. We sold it for a while and every few years they kept redoing the line because it was so problematic, whether it was finish problems or installation problems. They have a terrible track record for laminate.
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And be careful with LL. They have a poor record with the quality of their products and customer service.
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So who would you guys recommend for a reasonably priced laminate w an attached underlay?

And what would you recommend?
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What are the thoughts on Mohawk, Pergo Prestige, and Home Legend?

Plan on making my purchase by end of weekend and it's down to those 3 now.

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Pergo has taken a big quality drop the last few years. I haven't tried Home Legend. Mohawk should basically be Quickstep since they own the Quickstep brand. I'd look at real Quickstep if you can. Most of the products are on a manufacturer's sale through the end of the year. Hopefully someone near you is taking advantage of that and actually running a promotion on it. You can get a good grade of it for $2-$3 / SF on sale pricing.
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Pergo has taken a big quality drop the last few years. I haven't tried Home Legend. Mohawk should basically be Quickstep since they own the Quickstep brand. I'd look at real Quickstep if you can. Most of the products are on a manufacturer's sale through the end of the year. Hopefully someone near you is taking advantage of that and actually running a promotion on it. You can get a good grade of it for $2-$3 / SF on sale pricing.
So what do you think about buying from Lowe's or Menards?

They seem to have the best selection of Mohawk and Quickstep...

Is there anything else in particular I should be looking for besides the AC rating?
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You want a minimum 7mm product, preferably 8mm or above. Anything thinner will give you issues with installation, and Lowes definitely has thinner junk.
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You guys know much about Mannington?

I have liked a few of their items and they look to be put together well

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