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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jime911 Easy Install in basement 1000 sq/ft
I read the reviews here and was surprised at all the comments of people say how hard it was to install and they returned it etc. I went ahead and bought it anyway as I have some experience in putting down floor but am by no means an expert.
This flooring is actually very easy to install. I put down over 1000sq/ft in my basement over concrete floor with no problem. It's very easy to snap together and unlike some brands of laminate floor you can connect this in both directions meaning you can start with a straight line in the center of your room and build out both side. Many other laminates can only be built in one direction.
Some folks mention putting in one end and the other popping out, this sort of happens but is very easy to solve. With an off cut of the floor, use it as a piece to put into the groove and hammer the other side with a rubber mallet. It will snug all the boards together very easily.
Overall, this is very easy to install, looks great and is well priced. Ignore the reviews explaining this product is difficult to install.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Drumhead "Looks Stunning"
It was more work to remove and replace the old sub floor than it was to put this in. After undercutting the door jams and notching a few planks for around the shower. it went down with no problem.( I have done this before) It will test or eat your saw blades but that's the same with any Laminate floor. I did the whole floor with a T square,pencil.jig saw,and a skill saw. Wherever you put it spend the extra on a good thick Underlayment. There is no "right' direction but most of the time you want the planks to run parallel with the door. I ran it the other way because I wanted 1 seam instead of 6 in front of the shower !
December 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SKaustin High Style, Quality and Value
Installed around 1500 sqft in an older home that needed updating, including the living areas, kitchen, dining, study, and closets. What a difference! This floor looks great and has proven to be tough through a remodel. Our painter apparently didn't bother to put down drop cloths, so there were paint splatters all over the new floor. I was pretty upset about this. But with a minor bit of scrubbing, the paint all lifted off the surface with no trouble -- crisis averted. And, we've had a lot of furniture, appliances, and dollies wheeled across it over a 3 month remodel period without any scratches, nicks, or any sign of wear. Which is a good thing since this house is located in the country and I expect lots of dirt to be tracked across it over the decades to come.
I didn't install it myself. We used the Home Depot installation since they were having a special, and it was too good to pass up for the large area. But be aware that HD insisted that our concrete slab needed both a moisture barrier and a separate underlayment. We were not allowed to use just a premium underlayment that had built-in moisture barrier, or it would void the warranty. I felt this was a hidden extra cost and tried to fight it, but they would not budge.
I would definitely choose this flooring again, and highly recommend it.
June 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wookster little concerning at first, but once I got a feel for it, I will use this on my whole house
I read the reviews and ended up purchasing this flooring. The look was too good to pass up. I was concerned about the install process. To be honest it took a moment to get used to. So for everyone out there thinking about this flooring let me help you. This flooring does not snap as has been stated. It does almost drop into place. There are a couple of things you have to be aware of, but this is an incredible flooring.
1) PUT DOWN THE RUBBER HAMMER!!! This is a product that demands gentle applications of force.If when laying the piece of flooring it seems to not want to lay down flat, lift it and give it a wiggle back and forth while applying pressure. It should after a try or two lay almost completely flat.
2) The piece of flooring you are laying will not always drop perfectly flat, especially at the ends. When you come by with the next row and lock in those end seams they will be perfect.
3) Take your time on the first pieces and get a feel for it. DO NOT HAMMER the material. the lip on these panels is fairly soft. It wont take much abuse, but it will be much more forgiving of uneven surfaces because of the softness.
4) if a panel is giving you trouble give the panels you are trying to attach it to a lift, push, and wiggle. Sometimes it needs a little shimmying to get perfectly lined up. the corners of the panels should match up exactly. if they don't one piece is not seated correctly. the soft nature of the panels makes it easy to adjust already locked in panels.
5) use a circular saw. We started cutting these panels with a dremel saw. The cuts were clean, the sparks were fun. Then we started noticing how irritated our eyes were at the dust, and my pocketbook was at the loss of every $10 blade. an 18V Ryobi circular saw will make clean cuts all day. Set the depth to just barely cut through and you wont have to worry about chips. The blade made it through 400Sq Ft of install without any signs of failing.
This is a great product. It installs a bit differently than other products. The end pieces do not lock and don't need to. If you are having buckling at the end seams it is because you did not seat the panels right, or the seams from the two rows are too close to one another. Be sure to read the manual and don't install it like your buddy who has done this before says to. I'm still stoked I was able to install this in one day.
Please excuse the mess in the photo. We had just finished for the day and this is a living room that also serves as our 2 year olds play area.
March 16, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Momof4 Product looks great but a pain to install
We installed 800 sq ft of this flooring. It looks amazing and we get a lot of compliments, however the installation leaves a bit to be desired. We have installed both laminate and hardwood flooring before and this was far more difficult. It doesn't "snap" in as easily as others, therefore makes installation somewhat stressful.
Now that it is in, it was worth the "sweat" but I am not sure that we would do it again, even though it looks fantastic!
January 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by wilkinte The tips/tricks of how to install this
I just got done installing, and am sharing how to succeed with this product. My review is for folks that bought this and are now kicking themselves, or for those who like how it looks but are put off by the bad reviews. First things first, this is good looking sturdy laminate. During install I dropped things on it, slipped with the pull board while tightening and nothing hurt it. That being said it goes together in a different way, and I'm guessing that the hand scraped nature of the boards leads to inconsistency in the manufacturing. And by the way, inconsistency like 1.5 mm off comes to haunt you.
The keys you need to install this tear free are:
1. Screw the first row in. Period. Spacers won't work. Just drill a tap hole close to the wall so your baseboard will cover it (YES - your baseboards need to come off).
2. Glue, a dremel, knife, and weights. I glued every tongue and groove. Period. And yes, not every joint sits nicely when they are joined. This is not like other laminates. Use the weight to compress the pieces as you go. Some don't need it, most do.
3. I used the dremel ( and note the attachment I was using) to route out the grooves on select pieces. Siimilarly with the knife.
4. Process: Test fit the board, and see if it's perfect. A millimeter will kill you down the rows so perfect means perfect. If there's a gap between the boards, try working the groove with the dremel to see if that will bring it in. If not, go to the next board. I found that a board that didn't work in one spot is OK in another. Again, I think that's due to very small inconsistencies in the manufactureing. When you get a good fit, run a small bead of the glue in the groove and "snap" the piece in. (Not really a snap like Pergo, more of a slide).
5. As stated in another review, finesse works better on this stuff than beating, but I still tapped and pulled some boards in.
6. When I was done, I found there were some small gaps here and there, but due to the nature of the boards and how they look it's not an issue
I'm confident this floor will last and remain scratch free for years. For me it was worth the effort to install. Good Luck!
August 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheGumDentist Great flooring for the price.
I cannot comment on the install, as I had a contractor do it, but it does look great in my office. We put down about 2000 square feet of this stuff. It has a nice warranty and seemed very durable.
I actually took my car key in the store and tried to scratch the sample and could not. It seems very solid compared to other stuff I looked at.
Everyone in the office loves it so far.
September 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GREENCORE Sharp Looking Floor!
This is a great looking floor when installed properly. If your subfloor or existing hardwood has level issues it can be a little tough to work with due to the thickness. A quality underlayment can usually fix minor issues (as ours did for the most part ). The finish is durable and appears that it will meet or exceed the manufacturers guarantee. The old hickory stock trim molding (T mold transition) also matches perfectly.
December 23, 2013