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Old 06-20-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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linoleum, laminate or what--Bourbon street laminate

I have a small rental. I needed to replace the linoleum in the kitchen. I was talked into a fairly expensive "floating linoleum that is not glued down or attached to the floor. I was told it is indestructible.
The first time I tried to move the refrigerator, it tore the begolly out of the linoleum--like shredding paper. The floor store said I should not have moved the refrigerator, that it "torqued" the linoleum.
Now I have always cleaned behind the frig and stove in my kitchens and I have never had this happen. The sales man says he never cleans behind the frig and stove and that I should have used a dolly to move the refrigerator. I am a single 65 year old woman and I am supposed to use a dolly to move my appliances to clean???

So now they are suggesting that I replace the linoleum with a laminate flooring, made in China, under the name Bourbon Street and they will do it for an additional 100.00.

I can find no reviews of this product on line--anyone know it? I am afraid I might get stuck with subquality materials that will last a couple years and need to be replaced. How do I figure out the quality. The warranty does not include sliding heavy objects over the floor.

What should I do--my rental is sitting empty until I can decide what to do. Thanks in advance.
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Do not use laminate in a kitchen in a rental. The core is particle board. It will swell up and/or disintegrate with moisture. If you put in more vinyl, get some of the Teflon slides to go under the fridge. I have used those for years to move appliances on vinyl. Never tore one.
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If you do laminate don't go cheap Charlie route Which this no name brand is. You want a 10mm grade laminate from Armstrong or good name brand, they make them now more resistant to water. You would be able to put the stove and refrigerator over it.
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