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Old 04-25-2007, 05:41 PM
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I consider myself moderately capable with home improvement projects but I have no experience with flooring. Looking at installing some snap together laminate flooring. I have removed my carpet, padding and now have 1300 sq ft worth of bare concret. I plan on borrowing a mitre saw. Any advice to make this job go smoothly?

There's still linoleum in the kitchen and baths. Do I need to remove the linoleum or can I lay the laminate over it?
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:57 PM
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I'm in the process of doing about 350 sq ft now. Mitre saw is a MUST!!!!! Luckily, I borrowed one from a buddy. Also, if you don't have them now, get knee pads. Will save you some pain. Make sure you shim all the pieces as you come to walls. You know, when you leave the 1/4" gap? If you don't, as you tap pieces together, previously laid pieces will separate. Don't make me explain it any more, just shim every piece. And also, don't ask how I know. Good luck, it actually goes suprisingly fast.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:58 PM
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You going to put wood laminate in the bath?

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Old 04-26-2007, 09:26 AM
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Yah there's not reason why you can't lay your laminate right over your linoleum, I would if the linoleum was in good shape.

Now I don't which brand of laminate you are going with, but most brands eat saw blades. So if you plan on using your buddies saw you best be figuring on replacing his blade!


I used laminate in our bathroom and it looks as good today as the day I laid it, but my laminate was not the cheap stuff - ALLCO @ $6.50 per sq. ft..........I've definitely have seen some laminates that I wouldn't put anywhere near a bathroom.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:55 AM
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It's pretty straight forward and easy to work with. Just make sure you stagger your seams and it will come out fine.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:51 PM
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Gotta make sure your surface is level or you will have spongy spots, which leads to seam failure. I would not use this stuff, I have it in the majority of my home, hate it.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:47 PM
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Yes you can install laminate over vinyl.
Laminate ( regardless of cost) in a kitchen and especially a bathroom is a bad idea. You will be taking it out of the bathroom in 5-8 yrs depending upon use.
You did not indicate your long term goals.
So here it is in a nut shell, best to worst for durability, longevity, and maintence on a slab: vinyl, ceramic/natural stone, real hardwood flooring, laminate and carpet.
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I bet it wouldnt last 2 years in a bathroom that has a shower. I have it in my laundry room and had water spill onto the floor, cleaned it up. now I have bubbles in my floor from the laminate coming "unglued". The stuff is junk!!!!!!
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Table saw for making the narrow boards on the last side. If you did not purcase the laminate already, I'd look into the engineered wood. looks much better than Laminate and just as easy to work with and just about the same cost.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:36 AM
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We've had Pergo in our bathroom for 5 years, right up to the outside of the shower, and it's been fine. We have two little kids that are not exactly careful about getting water on the floor from the shower as well. I also just installed laminate flooring in our downstairs bathroom. We've personally had no trouble with installation or durability. Of course, like anything else in the world, some people will love it, some hate it, and the rest fall somewhere in between with their experience. I would have to say it's an easier install for an inexperienced person than real hardwood. Also, I did take up the old flooring in both bathrooms beforehand without too much trouble. Good luck whatever you decide to do - just take your time!

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Old 05-01-2007, 11:43 AM
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I just did 3 bedrooms in my Keys house. Use the padding they sell for laminate floor, shim the walls. Start at one corner. Layout the first course and see if the last cut is very small and readjust the first board. Maybe start with 24in then a full length. Eaiser with two people. make sure you cut each one with the MALE end. Better brands probably have an easier snap system. I bought a cheapo at Home Depot for .88 per square ft. but it looks good. 15 year warrenty. I would like someone to give me a 15 year warrenty. Use an electric Miter saw. Carbide tipped 60 or 80 toothed blade.
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twentynine - 4/25/2007 11:58 PM

You going to put wood laminate in the bath?
We used it in the upstairs bathroom that our kids use, others have ceramic, and it works great.

I also went with the better grade, I still prefer the hardwood floors we have in the lower level of the house but for the upstairs where the kids are this is great.

We also just replaced carpet at our beach house with the laminate, renters/kids can be brutal on carpet
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