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Old 02-05-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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This is my first post here, and I'm hoping to get some help regarding hardwood-laminate flooring. We decided to go the direction of hardwood laminate because of it's durability w/ children & pets. However, their appears to be a broad range of options out there & we're not sure what characteristics are most important to look for when purchasing such a floor. When I review the specifications, what specific characteristics should I be looking for if I want a durable product that will resist stains, moisture, laminate chipping, etc?

Also, what price should I expect to pay per sq. ft. if I'm looking for a product that meets the above criteria?

Finally, what are your thoughts regarding products that have built in pads vs. installing separate pad & floor?

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I have the same questions We are doing a kitchen and like you said there are wayy too many brands, finishes, etc.

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If you have kids or pets then laminate flooring is going to hold up the best. Way better than conventional hardwood flooring because it will not scratch easily. Especially so with dogs. Your conventional oak hardwood will look like a skating rink in just one month with "man's best friend" living with you. Urine can mess it up though ----> Please Help!!!! Pet Urine and Laminate Floors

You can check out this laminate flooring website if ya' need more help.
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Never wet mop a laminate floor. And never, ever use a Swiffer Wet Jet on a laminate.
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There are a lot of good brands out there. I personally feel Wilsonart has one of the best laminates on the market. Their High Impact product are especially good with a wear layer far thicker than any other brand I've seen. Wilsonart also tends to be one of the pricier laminates though unless you find a good sale.
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Never ever use a swiffer wet jet on a laminate floor????? Would like to know why . Just bought one but.....its still in the box.
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According to some flooring inspectors, they put out enough moisture to ruin laminate.
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what if the laminate flooring has water resistant coating?
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Never ever use a swiffer wet jet on a laminate floor????? Would like to know why . Just bought one but.....its still in the box.
The swiffer sweeper works great if you dampen the head but the swiffer wet jet actually allows you to squirt out a cleaner solution...BIG no no
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I just bought some flooring. I ended up buying solid hardwood. But when I was at the flooring store I look at several laminates. Many were make in China. I knew I didn't want to put any of those in my house. Almost all of the cork and bamboo ones where from China.
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I just bought some flooring. I ended up buying solid hardwood. But when I was at the flooring store I look at several laminates. Many were make in China. I knew I didn't want to put any of those in my house. Almost all of the cork and bamboo ones where from China.
what's wrong with the ones from China. i thought it only pertained to drywall.
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what's wrong with the ones from China. i thought it only pertained to drywall.
Everything is wrong with China. Bunch of cheap crap made by slaves. I'd rather have no floor then a floor from China.
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what's wrong with the ones from China. i thought it only pertained to drywall.
I would not do it. I am not trying to plug Lowes but I did this recently and shopped around a lot. I saw all the China stuff too. I wanted strip plank but it usually is not hard enough unless you lay down tons of urethane or get a species of wood that is hard. The bottomline was that would be $7 a foot installed.

So I had to look at laminate. I ended up getting Swiftlock Plus from Lowes at $2.29 a foot less 10% coupon. Beveled edges and a graining that looks real, its own cushion plus made in either Canada, Germany or the USA. It has a 20 or 25 year warranty and 10 year light commercial.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_295647-42870...029_4294937087_

They have other colors. it is the best laminate I have seen due to the graining and beveled edges.

No wood in kitchens and be very careful with water.

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The swiffer sweeper works great if you dampen the head but the swiffer wet jet actually allows you to squirt out a cleaner solution...BIG no no
The best deal I have seen is at Lowes. You can get a gallon of Pledge for wood floors. I think the cost is just under $10. You can use a foam squeege type mop or regular mop. Sweep or vacuum then use the Pledge.

http://www.floorcareproducts.com/cle...loor/index.asp

No water. It gets in the edges of the laminate.

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has anyone used the swiftlock vinyl planks from Lowes?

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