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I'm looking for someone to install laminate on our kitchen
floor for a reasonable price. I assume a regular handyman
can do this too. Any recommendations?
I just hired Tegan Flooring to do my new hardwood flooring
for the upstairs but they also do laminate flooring. It's a
small company run by a woman named Cynthia. They are Diamond
Certified which is how I found them. I'm scheduled to do my
hardwood flooring next month. Just got the wood delivered to
my house over the weekend. I am really impressed with the
professionalism so far. The contractor that came out is nice
and took the time to answer my quiestions. He also checked
to make sure the moisture under my house was ok after I told
him that I had a small flood in my kitchen a while back. 510
788 4068 Sophia B
Jason White (cell 510-866-5516) has done lots of projects
for us. Most were big projects but he can handle the small
ones too. He has put in flooring for us and it looks great.
He'll talk to you about different patterns and you can
choose the one that you prefer. Call him to see if he's
available. He's meticulous, has great ideas and respects
your home. He will work on your project on time and on
budget. Once he does one project for you, you'll be happy
with the quality of his work and you may hire him for all
other home improvement projects! Yes, he's really that
good! Let Jason know that Susan and Pete gave you his phone
number. He'll take good care of you! susan
I am considering using one of the laminate flooring options in my new kitchen and family room. I have heard that laminate "hardwood" floors are hard to keep clean and that spots don't come out easily. Does anyone have any experience with any of the synthetic "hardwood" floors and maintaining them? What brand did you use, how long have you had the flooring and what is your evaluation of it?
Skeptical Home Improver
My mother has had a commercial-grade Pergo floor installed in her house for several years now. It seems to be working beautifully. My now 4-year-old son has been unable to stain or dent it despite his many attempts to do so during our visits. My mom says you pretty much clean it with a dry mop (to just "dust" it off), and a very occasional spot-rub with a damp cloth. But, she warns, you cannot have significant water on it for any length of time, or it could warp.
My husband and I are actually considering it for our own house.
I believe the "commercial-grade" is key. I have heard bad things about plain old Pergo.
We installed Wilson Art laminate flooring in our kitchen nearly seven years ago - and it still looks brand-new. It is virtually indestructable, although it's recommended that you quickly dry any spills. We have had no problems with it at all, and like the tile-wood effect that we chose. Is it hard to keep clean? That depends. My husband loves to go over floors with a wet mop (water only). That has proved disastrous with the Wilson Art floor. Water streaks on it and it dries dirtier than it started! I am the only one who cleans this floor, and I clean it exclusively with a clean rag/paper towels and the special cleaner that it absolutely requires (you can get laminate cleaners at Home Depot). (Reusing a dirty cloth will give poor results.) Is it worth the hassle? You will need to decide. I get down on my knees to clean the floor well. Once it's clean, it looks terrific. You can spot-clean it, as well. I clean it when I notice that it's dirty, which varies with !
the weather, spills, whether I want to bend over, etc. We are happy with the choice, given other options for kitchens, and I would choose it again.
We will be installing Wilsonart laminate flooring in our
bedroom. Upon doing an internet search I discovered it is
quite a bit cheaper from sites such as ifloor.com or
internetfloors.com than at our local flooring store. Has
anyone purchased flooring over the internet? Are these
businesses legitimate? (BTW, we are installing the tap-n-
lock glueless kind -- any good/bad experiences with this
After looking at samples locally, we got our glueless
Pergo Accolade for $1.99/sq foot through floorone.com.
Everything arrived in about 4 days. Since we didn't pay
tax and shipping I suspect it totaled pretty close to what
we would have paid at Ikea (I think most of their floors
cost around $1.69 square foot).
Separately, if you're planning to do this on your own, it's
not quite as easy to install as you might expect. We
definitely needed more than a weekend (more like 5
days) to do about 800 square feet.
We're planning to have someone install either wood floors or this
laminate fake wood floors made by Wilsonart. The sample I have looks
I'm wondering if someone has had this stuff installed and could share
me whether it looks like plastic or like wood!
I did not use Pergo, but went with Wilsonart laminate in our kitchen and
powder room and we love it. We are very hard on our floor as is our
toddler. It is slightly more expensive, but much better in the long
run. Just look at samples of both and you can easily see that the
Wilsonart is thicker, stronger and looks better. With Wilsonart youalso have many finish
choices: plank vs. tile, colors etc.
A further comment on this issue--We installed the Wilsonart laminate tiles in our
kitchen about a year ago. I am happy with how it looks, but already the lines between
the tiles have become much more visible than I had anticipated that they would, and
you can feel some unevenness where the tiles meet. I believe we had a very good
installer, and another contractor who was in our home recently commented that it was
a good installation job, but that that is what happens with these floors. I don't know if
we would use this same product again, knowing this information. Claire
We have Wilson Art in our kitchen and also in a landing and a
bathroom. My mother has also used it in her kitchen and bathroom. I
can't say enough great things about it. So far it's been
indestructible. Whether it looks like wood or not depends on the
and whether you use square tiles or planks. In our kitchen we used
squares, alternating black and white for a checkerboard effect. In
other areas we used plank in a whitewashed wood and it looks like
bleached wood. We also had Anderson bid our job, but they were
30% more expensive that who we used. I suggest that you call Kirk at
Carpet & Linoleum Center in Alamo at 925-837-5426. They're very good
and we saved about $500-$600.
We put WilsonArt into two kitchens in a high-end rental property. I
cannot say enough good thingsabout hte results. It is a composite
material (like Pergo, but higher quality; won't split or buckle) that
can look like tile or wood. It is waterproof, warmer to the feet than
tile, and less likely to break dropped plates. It lasts a long long
long time (unlike linoleum) and is very easy to take care of:
with water or use the special cleaner that isn't very expensive. Best
of all, it looks like a million bucks and is almost indestructible.
I have found that a lot of contractors don't know about it, or only
know about Pergo. I recommend calling the Tom Duffy company, which is
wholsale flooring place but which can recommend installers. You do
someone with experience to do it. You may be able to find an
who works for a big company but is willing to do a side job. That's
what we did.
Sloping floors will not prevent you from installing WilsonArt. The
installer just puts down mud to level the floor first. (In fact I did
that part myself.) As with any flooring, the prep work is the most
important part, so ask your installer plenty of questions about
We are thinking of installing pergo in our kitchen and adjacent hallway. Has anyone had
experience with getting/installing pergo from Home Depot? If not, can anyone recommend
another reasonably priced place? Has anyone had any bad experience with their pergo
once installed? Thanks for any advice.
We had Pergo put in our kitchen last November from Floor Dimensions (on
Bayshore, near Gilman). I'm thrilled with it. The process of picking it
out, having the space measured, and the installation all went very smoothly.
I was actually surprised at how well it went. I think it was fairly
reasonable in price. For 110 sq feet, it came to about $1400 installed. I
was able to negotiate a little on the price of the product itself (about $150
or so) as I recall. Good luck! Jen
We recently installed wood laminate in an area of our home (not the kitchen)
and I researched the different flooring available. The one thing I heard
consistently from vendors (everyone except Home Depot) is that Pergo is very
poor quality stuff. Even people who sell Pergo told us not to buy it. They
said it will start to peel up and that the service from Pergo is not good
when you have problems. We ended up going with a Wilsonart laminate. It
was a little more expensive but there are others out there that are
competitive with Pergo. As far as installers go, I worked with the Carpet
and Linoleum Center in Alamo, Pat Formigle. I bought the stuff from them
and I think the installation was included in the price. She had great input
on which to go with -- she knows flooring very well. The installer is the
owner of the company and he is fast, polite, and good. He worked around my
two year old twins and never acted frustrated. I have been very pleased
with what they did.
I do have Pergo, however, Home Depot did not do the installation. I will say
that if I were to do it over again, I would install real hardwood. Pergo has
a tendency to shrink and expand. In fact, they shrunk so much that we had to
have the floors torn out and reinstalled. I have come across two other
people that had the same experience. Also, as time goes by, the seams are
more noticeable. I have always had real hardwood and will definitely choose
that next time!
I wanted to echo the words of the person who said that most floor installers recommend not
getting Pergo. Apparently Pergo doesn't hold up well and doesn't install easily either. We also
got Wilsonart laminate and have been very happy with it. We weren't able to use Carpet and
Linoleum Center in Alamo, because they wouldn't come to North Berkeley for a job, but we did
use Anderson on Broadway in Oakland to install, and they did a good job. Good luck to you.
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