Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 35
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JR Honeymoon is over - garbage floor
I had this floor professionally installed a little over a year ago, looked great at first. Some slight damage where the joints went together (660 sq ft) assumed it was installer error. Now the bad news - don't even carry water over it, the floor will lift and the laminate will come up. NOT for use where water has even a slight chance of happening, not even from wet shoes or dog slobber! Edges are working up in several places even where no water dropped. Little chips appearing everywhere from normal usage - 4 person household one golden retriever - not extreme usage. All in all - the floor is total junk - can't wait to rip it out.
January 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BARGINHUNTER FLOOR EXCEDED MY EXPECTATIONS
The customers who had problems didn't read and follow the instructions. First clean all the plank groves with a tooth brush, to remove any debree. Next start your first row working from left to right. Second row required 3 planks. Once you have the correct length, snap the whole row together by having 1st plank on floor, lock 2nd plank (end to end) lift plank about 2 inches and slide and push down securing 1st plank to 2nd plank and continue till you have your total length. With at least 2 workers, lift the entire 2nd row and lock it into the first row by lifting the row and locking them together making sure all edges are tight. If need be. cut a 6 inch piece for a taping block and lightly tap at the point of a gap. 3rd. row same as 2nd row. You cannot install 1 plank at a time, you must install the entire length of your span.
February 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sheilaj7 Love it!!! Read this review, great install tips included...Great product...
First I took home a sample and tried to scratch it...it was extremely difficult to scratch...so I knew it was good flooring. I helped a friend install a click laminate flooring and I was looking for a different system because I found that system was difficult to install. So far I have installed the flooring in two bedrooms by myself (a 58 year old woman). I like the way it goes together and my results have been great. My first install was extremely difficult because the longest wall I chose to start the install was not square. So what would happen is that every time I added a new piece the whole structure would shift and the other pieces added previously would come apart. I used like 3 or 4 pieces of the spacers in some places and 1 or two in others...and it was a mess until I figured out what was going on. The u-tube videos advise you to install your flooring based upon the way the light hits the flooring. Another one said that you should install opposite the way your floor joists are...I chose this method initially. But for my 2nd bedroom I installed on my longest most in alignment (square) wall (tested it by taking an 8 foot piece of my molding and putting it next to the wall, easy to see which wall was most in alignment). Instead of using the spacers I had excess material from the first bedroom and I simply took the extra wasted flooring and ripped it lengthwise (from the 1st bedroom install) and screwed it onto the wall as my spacer. This time when I did the flooring everything was so much easier. So I think the rule of which way to lay your flooring is to lay your flooring in direction of your straightest/squarest and not necessarily your longest wall. Some people talked about this product chipping easily. I did not have any trouble, I used a miter saw and did face up cut as recommended. I did bang a few pieces too hard to get them in and did get like 3 chipped pieces out of using 8 boxes...I immediately removed the pieces that were chipped because I did not want to start off that way. I received one box where the fork lift ruined the back side of the laminate, so I used that box for my last row and sawed that part off, as for my last row I only needed a width of 5 inches anyway. The key to this product is to put the narrow 8 inch sides together first before adding it to the long 53 inch side. A cool man on u-tube made his own tapping block by taking a 6 inch piece of the laminate that had the front part of the lip which needs to be tapped in and the side part of the lip that needs to be tapped in and added it to a block of wood. He would tap the block of wood to insert the lip into the laminate and this would force that laminate into alignment. I used this method as it was much gentler to do rather than using the tapping bar...maybe that is why I did not end up with a lot of chips...now that I think about it I did get the chips when I was using the pull bar and was not being careful. It also worked much better than the pull bar at getting the pieces together (a lot less force and energy needed). Still had to use the pull bar for pieces next to the wall where there was not enough room to use the home made tapping tool. (Went back to u-tube to find that guy's video with the home made tapping block and I am now not able to find it...many people selling tapping blocks and the home made one does not cost you anything to make and works much better...sorry guy that had original invention...unable to give you the credit for the idea...but I did try). I also used the roberts unison 2 in 1 underlayment for its insulating qualities. I discovered some underlayment is extremely flammable. This may be the only underlayment available which is not extremely flammable. Take a piece of your underlayment over kitchen sink and light afire, see what happens). This underlayment did rip easily, but I tried to be gentle and used duct tape to fix any small tears I made with my carelessness. Loved it and at about 25 cents per square foot worth it!!! Plus the r-insulating qualities. Also, flooring guys at Concord, NH Home Depot are the best...they talked to me extensively about all sorts of flooring options...and had a lot of patience with me until I selected this flooring...overall great flooring and the best bang for my buck...I will try to update in a year and let you know how it wears...Oh forgot to mention, get some laminate wood glue for those shorter pieces that you have to fit in for between closets and such...and for easier clean up just use for those areas...with the wood glue you have to remove excess while it is still wet...because it is glue and extremely difficult to remove once dry (lol). Also, I do not like the looks of quarter round molding, so I am using the 10% extra waste factor as I am cutting my boards right up to the very edge of my expansion space, so that I am able to use regular molding over the top. If I was using quarter round my waste factor would probably be 5% or less.
April 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jay138 great features
this product was installed by a good friend of mines and it took him about 2 day to install a 282 sq feet room. . floor looks great. family and friends cant tell the different.
July 5, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Poutface Don't be stubborn
I had these laminates professionally installed for my downstairs in my apartment which is 350 square feet. I've had these floors for one year and it could not withstand a household of two with a Dog. Any moisture whatsoever will cause the floor to lift up and chip easily. I thought I was getting such a bargain at 69 / per sq ft. I regret not doing further research. When purchasing laminate of any kind it is best to invest in something at least 12 mm. I will be getting these floors done over in 12 mm laminates from lumber liquidators . Don't be stubborn and ignorant....only going by looks. Get a better value and pay the difference.
November 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by handyman easy installation
I read other reviews and was leary of this product. I bought it anyway. The first row is the most criticle. You need to connect two rows together so they stay snapped together. Then slide to where you need it. You must use spacer blocks around walls. The planks don't exactly snap together. Once they are lined up where you want them you need to wiggle them into place. Do not force the planks down to the floor or you will snap the tongues. Use a tapping block and tap the sides and the plank will lay flat on its own. I did this and the floor went down easily. I laid about 400 sq. ft. in 7 hrs. and that's cutting around 2 poles and a fireplace.
October 24, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by CamJam All Traffic Master are not equal
I bought several boxes in different colors so that I could see how several square feet looked in my home rather than just having small samples of a few square inches.
What I found in putting them together is that some boxes would click together easily and others wouldn't.
Other than the color, the only difference I could see was that the problem planks were made in China while the good ones were made in Germany.
The Baytown Oak carton I bought (at .99 sq. ft) was Chinese-made while the Gladston Oak (.69 sq. ft.) was German. Go figure!
They all looked good, but if I were installing this myself (I'm not) I would make sure I bought the product made in Germany.
July 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mac Garbage flooring not worth buying
Took over half a day to lay 2.5 boxes.(I've installed over 1k Sq feet in two homes) Locking joint broke on over 50% of the planks. Many were broken in the box. Extremely, hard to lock together. Stepping on the edges of unlocked planks caused the top surface to break ruining the board. Had more broken and damaged planks than good. Finally got fed up and tore it all out, took the unused boxes back for a refund. I had used the $ .69/ sq ft laminate from another major home store and it was super easy to install, looks great and has been used for 5 years without issue. This flooring is trash don't bother using it.
September 3, 2012